One person died and three juveniles were injured in a fatal crash in Katy. The vehicle carrying the four individuals struck a guardrail, causing it to veer off of the road and flip, landing on its roof. All auto accidents are serious incidents, however, accidents involving rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover-related accidents accounted for 35% of all passenger vehicle deaths.
What is a Rollover?
A rollover is a term used to describe the result of a motor vehicle being flipped or rolled when involved in a car accident. The high center of gravity in vehicles like sport utility vehicles, trucks, and 18-wheelers makes them more vulnerable to deadly accidents. According to NHTSA, most rollover incidents are single-vehicle accidents; however, many rollovers do still occur due to other drivers’ negligence, such as swerving into another car’s lane causing them to veer off or hitting the side of a car, forcing it to roll.
Causes of Rollovers
Rollover-related accidents can be very complex, and many different issues can factor into the cause of such an accident. The most common causes of rollovers include:
Large or top-heavy vehicles have a greater risk of flipping and rollovers if they come in contact with an obstacle or other vehicle on the road. The design of tall and/or narrow vehicles makes their center of gravity less likely to anchor them to the road.
Infrastructure and the accompanying traffic are major factors in facilitating the safety of those who share our roads. Traffic signs that indicate upcoming changes – such as curves, hills, or changes in speed – can greatly impact a driver’s reaction to what’s ahead. Drivers’ safety and the lives of other on our roads are put at risk when roads are not properly maintained, have issues such as broken guardrails and traffic signs, or there is a lack of or inadequate posting of traffic signs to indicate a shift in the driver’s path, such as a sharp turn.
Environmental and infrastructure factors contribute greatly to a driver’s ability to react. For drivers in rural areas, the risk of rollover is greater, as many roads are unlit and/or unmaintained. Nature more often greatly impacts rural roads than well-lit city streets and highways. Drivers who frequently travel rural roads can experience a lack of guardrails and other safety measures that could potentially save their lives should they have to swerve to avoid hitting an animal, boulder, or tree. Additionally, most stretches of rural roadway are not properly maintained with lights further causing difficulty for drivers.
Speed is a contributing factor to rollover accidents. When a car is driving recklessly and causes an accident, speed accelerates the force a vehicle has when hitting another vehicle or obstacle. Meaning, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater force with which it can collide with an obstacle or other vehicle, and the more damaging injuries that can be caused.
Houston Rollover Accident Attorneys
Regardless of vehicle type, rollovers can happen to any driver at any time, and the results can be catastrophic. Drivers trust the roads they travel will be properly maintained so they can travel without worrying about outside factors causing potentially deadly motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed as a result of a rollover accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There is limited time to act, so contact us today to discuss the facts of your case at no cost.