Rollover crashes account for just three percent of serious accidents each year, but cause 30 percent of traffic related fatalities. The high rate of death occurs because of the violent nature of rollover crashes and the vehicle’s inadequate structure that is typically not built to withstand substantial weight on its sides and roof. Former rollover-resistance and roof-crush standards, under which older vehicles were manufactured, were sorely insufficient. Newer vehicles apply revised standards, but still subject occupants to elevated risks of serious injuries.
Berenson Injury Law has exclusively handled auto accident claims in the Dallas-Forth Worth area for more than 35 years. Award-winning attorney Bill Berenson has earned recognition for his professionalism, skills and concern for his clients’ wellbeing. He is Texas Board Certified as a personal injury attorney and a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.How Rollovers Occur
A rollover crash typically occurs when a vehicle leaves the road and trips over an object while sliding sideways. In many cases the vehicle ricochets after a collision or the driver overcorrects and pulls the steering wheel sharply to regain control of the vehicle. As a result, the wheels leave the asphalt and catch on the dirt, causing the automobile to tip over. A steep slope also contributes substantially to chances of a rollover. In another common scenario, the vehicle hits a guardrail and flies airborne before flipping over.
Our attorney understands the sophisticated science of a rollover accident. We rely upon our experience and may consult with experts to determine what caused your automobile to roll over and who is to blame for the accident.Factors in a Rollover Crash
Rollover crashes are rare, but serious. Unfortunately, the factors that increase the risks of rolling a vehicle are particularly common in North Texas, including:
Recover for Damages You Sustained in a Rollover Crash
Close to 75 percent of rollovers occur on rural highways with speed limits above 55 mph. Many of these rural stretches are dark, undivided and have an inadequate or sloping shoulder.
The top-heavy design of pickup trucks, vans and SUVs make these popular vehicles particularly vulnerable to rollover. In 2015, rollover crashes were responsible for the deaths of 1,909 pickup truck occupants, which equals 43 percent of total pickup truck crash deaths. 2,203 of SUV occupants, or 43 percent of the total, were also killed in a rollover crash that year. Compare these statistics to car rollovers that resulted in 23 percent of car crash fatalities.
Seat belt use
Seat belt use is a major factor in survival rates in all types of accidents, but particularly in rollovers because of the risk of ejection and the violent nature of a rolling vehicle. Close to 70 percent of people killed in rollovers were unrestrained.
Berenson Injury Law has substantial experience investigating and litigating complex rollover accident claims. To learn more about your rights to recovery, schedule an appointment with our Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident attorney at 817-885-8000. Your first consultation is free and we handle your claim on contingency.