A car accident can happen to anyone, even good drivers. Unfortunately, a poorly designed or manufactured car can leave you especially vulnerable to crashes. A car accident lawyer can help victims of car accidents deal with insurance companies or file a lawsuit to get a fair settlement for their injuries.
Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of accidents. Although any type of vehicle can potentially rollover, SUVs and other cars with high centers of gravity are much more vulnerable. Victims of SUV rollover accidents in Longview, TX, are often left with extensive medical bills and property damage that can be difficult to recover compensation for without the help of an attorney. Attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton are available and standing by to help you secure the maximum settlement for your injuries.
The Dangers of SUV Rollover Accidents
A rollover crash is defined as an accident in which a vehicle tips over onto its side or all the way onto its roof. Unsurprisingly, it is particularly dangerous to motorists and their passengers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents are rare but account for almost 35% of all fatalities from passenger vehicle crashes. Two factors greatly contribute to whether a rollover crash causes severe injuries or fatalities. These factors are speed and not wearing a seat belt. The NHTSA found that 40% of fatal crashes involved speeding.
SUVs Are More Likely to Rollover
Any type of vehicle can rollover, but certain physical traits make SUVs more likely to rollover than other types of cars. Taller, narrower vehicles have a higher center of gravity, making them more likely to topple over in a car accident. Many SUVs deliberately designed to be both tall and narrow, which is why they are particularly prone to rollover accidents.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are often single-vehicle crashes, meaning these accidents typically only involve the vehicle that rolled over. Sometimes, other cars are involved, whether they caused the rollover accident or were impacted by the vehicle as it rolled over. Some causes of rollover accidents include:
- Driving a vehicle with a high center of gravity, such as an SUV
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Road conditions, such as icy or wet roads
- Rural roads without barriers or dividers
- Driving while distracted
SUV rollover accidents in Longview can cause serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, bone fractures, and lacerations, or even death. This can lead to costly medical or funeral expenses.
When rollover accidents are caused by a driver's negligence or the failure of city government to maintain the roads and address known hazards, it may be possible to seek compensation for damages. A car accident attorney can help.
Schedule a Consultation
If you live in or around Longview and have been injured in a rollover accident, our attorneys are available to review the details of your case to help you decide what your next course of action should be. To schedule a consultation, please call (903) 297-8929 today.