What You Should Know about Rollover Accidents

November 15, 2016 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Auto Accidents Personal Injury Wrongful Death

An overturned vehicleThere are different types of car accidents, all of which can lead to victims requiring medical and legal help. Rollover accidents are one of the most severe types of auto accident, often leaving the driver and passengers severely injured, or worse. Victims of rollover accidents may be entitled to financial recovery if another party is found liable for the accident. Determining liability and ensuring that the rights of you and your loved ones are protected in the event of a rollover accident requires legal assistance. Our auto accident attorneys help victims of rollover accidents in Provo, UT recover damages when others are responsible for an accident.  

What Causes Rollover Accidents?

Rollover accidents can occur for a number of reasons. In some cases, the driver plays a significant role, while in other circumstances, a rollover may be caused by the vehicle design itself. Some common causes of rollover accidents include:

  • Type of Vehicle: Although it is possible for any type of vehicle to rollover, some vehicles are more prone to rollover accidents than others. Tall, narrow vehicles, like SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans, generally have higher centers of gravity, making them more likely to rollover.
  • Alcohol Intoxication: Driving while under the influence of alcohol can increase the risk of a rollover accident. Even a small mount of alcohol can impair judgment, affect muscle coordination, and cause blurred vision, all of which can cause a person to lose control of a vehicle. 
  • Speeding: In many cases, rollover crashes are the result of driving too fast.
  • Rural Roads: Rural roads tend to be dark, poorly marked, and often don't have any barriers, making them common locations for rollover accidents.
  • Driver Behavior: Driver behavior may also play a significant role in the likelihood of a rollover accident. In addition to speeding and driving under the influence, other driver behaviors that can increase the risk of a rollover crash include distraction, inattentiveness, and lack of experience.
  • Multiple-Vehicle Accident: A rollover accident may occur as a result of a multiple-vehicle accident.
  • Vehicle Defects: Rollover accidents may also be caused by a vehicle or product defect. Poorly designed vehicles with high centers of gravity may be more likely to rollover and defective tires may blowout while driving, causing a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Potential Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents

Drivers and passengers involved in a rollover accident may suffer minor to fatal injuries. Many victims of a rollover accident will experience some degree of injury to the head, neck, abdomen, arms, or legs. Some may experience a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, broken bones, or death. The long-term effects of such injuries may include permanent damage to the internal organs, nerves, vision, and hearing. Others may suffer from chronic back pain or require amputation of limbs.

Seek Legal Help

If you or a loved one is involved in a rollover accident caused by another driver, hazardous road conditions, or vehicle or product defects, it's important to contact an accident attorney to protect your rights. An accident attorney will work on your behalf to recover damages for injuries, medical bills, and lost wages, as well as ensure the party at fault is held responsible.

Contact the Lawyers of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

If you have been involved in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. For more information about your legal rights following a rollover accident, you are encouraged to contact our team of car accident attorneys today.