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Rollover accidents are some of the scariest and most dangerous of all motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, overturned vehicle accidents led to 514 fatalities and 1,798 incapacitating injuries in Texas. Many rollover accidents involved larger vehicles with higher centers of gravity, such as SUVs and pickup trucks.
A rollover accident can leave victims with many serious and life-threatening injuries. The Dallas rollover accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have helped many families coping with major injuries in their fight for financial compensation, and we know first hand just how devastating these accidents can be.
There are many different factors that can lead to rollover vehicle accidents. Here are four of the most common causes:
While some rollover accidents can be caused by driver negligence, such as overly aggressive driving, many rollover accidents are the result of vehicle defects, design flaws or even poor road conditions. These can all act as a “tripping” mechanism. A rollover “tripping mechanism” is what initially causes the type of rollover accident. Think of a blown tire that causes an over-correction or a large pothole that causes a ramp of one side of the vehicle. Some of the most common causes of rollover car accidents include:
These are the most common causes that our rollover accident attorneys have seen, but there are certainly other preventable causes of rollover accidents. As a rollover car accident victim, the main point to take away is that a defect or design flaw could have caused your wreck. And if that is the case, you may want to explore your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your wreck.
Faulty design can make a vehicle more likely to tip over. For example, the Ford Bronco II was released in 1983, despite the fact that Ford executives knew the SUV had a tendency to tip over even at low speeds. Ford’s Explorer was also the subject of controversy due to the occurrence of rollover accidents caused by the Firestone tires Ford included on the SUV.
Rollover accidents can be especially fatal for passengers who aren’t wearing seatbelts. During an accident, one can be tossed around inside a vehicle, or even ejected from the vehicle. Being ejected from a vehicle can lead to catastrophic injuries (spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries) and death. It’s easy to see why Texas law requires all vehicle passengers to wear seatbelts. Over half of all occupants killed in vehicle crashes weren’t wearing restraints at the time of the crash, and 26 percent of all fatalities were ejected from the vehicle during the accident.
The government requires vehicles to meet certain standards regarding the strength of that vehicle’s roof. According to the NHTSA, crushed roofs cause roughly 600 fatalities every year, despite the fact that many of those killed were wearing seatbelts at the time. One study suggested that for every 10 centimeters of increased roof collapse there is a 64 percent increase in the odds of a life-threatening injury. The same study also found a relation of rollover accidents to serious spine, neck and head injuries.
Consumer Reports offers the following advice for drivers regarding rollover accidents:
While another driver’s negligence occasionally leads to a rollover accident, it is often the faulty design of a vehicle or vehicle part that causes these devastating accidents. At Guajardo & Marks, our Dallas rollover accident attorneys have fought for many families to seek compensation for their injuries and cover the costs of medical bills, ongoing care, pain, suffering and loss of work capacity. It’s important to act quickly after a rollover accident to ensure that your case has the best possible outcome. Contact Guajardo & Marks today for a free consultation.