The Worst Accident Drivers Can Have?
It’s a rollover. They cause 30 percent of all deaths although they only happen in three percent of all auto accidents. The injuries they inflict are catastrophic.
Passengers on the far side of the vehicle in a rollover are at the greatest risk. But everyone involved can be injured traumatically. In 2010, “more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes. The majority were not wearing seat belts.” In 2013, 21,268 Americans died in all sort of accidents. More than 7,000 died in rollovers, according to current information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Injuries Caused by Rollovers
Rollovers kill when a vehicle’s roof crushes down on a driver’s head as it tumbles over. Rollovers also kill when vehicles land on top of victims who have been ejected, or partially ejected, through windows or doors during the accident. Those who live may never walk again if they have spinal cord injuries. Rollovers can fracture spines, dislocate, crush or compress them in an accident, according to the Mayo Clinic. Depending on the severity of the impact, victims may be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of their lives, if they survive the rollover.
Rollovers can cause brain damage from bleeding inside the skull or a penetrating injury. These injuries can be devastating, robbing victims of memory, movement, vison and hearing. They can cause personality changes and depression, all according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additional damage may be hard to stop after the accident as the brain swells or continues to bleed. The effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are long-term, so they impact victims and their families for years.
How Rollovers Happen
Speed causes most fatal rollover accidents. Close to half involve alcohol. As Safercar.gov points out, they are “complex crashes that are violent” in nature. They depend on road conditions, how the driver behaves, the environment and the type of vehicle involved. Cars can tip and roll over. But SUVs and pickup trucks have a greater propensity to roll because they are taller and have a higher center of gravity. Most rollover accidents are not the result of multi-car crashes. They are single vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, indicating driver behavior is a big factor.
Rollovers happen when a vehicle starts sliding in a tight curve that the driver is taking too fast and then tips over. They can happen when an SUV or pickup strikes a curb or other solid, stationary objects. Most rollovers happen on rural roads with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or more.
Contact a Texas Traffic and Personal Injury Lawyer
The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP are highly qualified lawyers who know how to factor in all aspect of a rollover crash to make sure victims are properly compensated for injuries sustained in one of the most horrific accidents possible on American roads. Callers get immediate help. Appointments are free. Call our office today at 800-237-3334 or fill out a contact form to speak with us about your case.