Rollover Accidents in Delaware
A variety of factors can contribute to a rollover crash, including driver behavior, road conditions, and car design. Those who were involved in a rollover accident may be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries from negligent drivers, government entities, or manufacturers. The Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow assist rollover accident victims in maximizing their recovery of damages from responsible parties.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
Rollover accidents can occur due to a variety of causes. Common reasons include:
- Tripping: This common cause of rollovers occurs when a car’s tire hits an object, causing it to roll forward or sideways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that tripping causes 95 percent of all rollover accidents.
- Speed: Rollover crashes more frequently involve excessive speeding than non-rollover crashes, especially where posted speed limits were over 55 miles per hour, according to NHTSA crash statistics. As with all types of car accidents, speed contributes to the severity of the crash and resulting injuries.
- Vehicle type: Vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs), vans, and trucks, are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident than normal passenger vehicles. Generally, the taller and narrower the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over if it is involved in a single-vehicle crash.
- Road type: The NHTSA reports that rollover crashes are more likely to occur on undivided, two-way roads or divided roads without barriers. Fatalities are therefore more likely to occur on rural roads because they are typically undivided and lack barriers. Additionally, rural roads present increased risks due to obstacles on the road, uneven road surfaces, and more opportunities for speeding.
- Losing control of the vehicle: Drivers may cause a rollover accident when they lose control of their vehicle and it strikes a curb or other obstruction. This may occur for a number of reasons, including alcohol/drug use, distractions, or fatigue.
- Worn, defective, or improperly inflated tires: As the weather changes, it is important to monitor tire pressure and tire tread to reduce the risk of a tire-related car accident. Other tire problems, such as manufacturer defects and tire blowouts, can also lead to rollover accidents.
Rollover Crash Injuries
Rollover accidents are more likely to result in fatalities than other types of crashes, according to the NHTSA. Fatal rollover crashes are often characterized by the failure to use restraints, causing occupants to be ejected from the vehicle. In a report by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), crash avoidance maneuvers, such as braking or steering, were not present in more than one-fourth of all fatal rollover accidents examined, indicating that drivers did not have enough time to react and take steps to prevent the crash. When they do not prove fatal, however, rollover accidents typically result in serious injuries. Common rollover crash injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Internal Organ Damage
- Penetrating Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Rollover Accident Liability and Compensation
There are various ways plaintiffs can potentially go about recovering compensation for a rollover accident. For example, if a rollover accident was caused by defective tires, the injured party may be able to sue the tire manufacturer in a products liability lawsuit for defective design, manufacturing defect, or lack of adequate warnings or instructions. Also, rollover accidents caused by poor road conditions may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible government entity.
Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Rollover Accident Victims
If you or a loved one was involved in a rollover accident, contact a Wilmington car accident lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow. We can help you determine the best course of legal action for your case. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-427-9500. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, Milford, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth, Elsmere, and Seaford.