Roll Over AccidentsJuly 31, 2014
In 2009, approximately 10.8 million auto accidents occurred in the United States. In fact, 35,153 auto accidents took place in the state of Alabama alone, accounting for 848 fatalities. Roll over crashes present some of the greatest risks compared to all of different types of auto accidents in the United States – accounting for approximately 10,000 fatalities annually.
Trucks, SUVs, and minivans maintain the highest propensity to roll over, which is largely attributed to the high center of gravity that each of those vehicles have. Other components (such as flawed tire design) have also been known to be a contributing factor in rollovers – increasing the chances of serious personal injuries for both the vehicle occupants and anyone else involved in the accident.
In the event of an accident, family members and loved ones are often unaware of who to turn to for help. At Citrin Law Firm, we are attorneys helping people. Our attorney proudly serve injury victims throughout Mobile & Baldwin counties, and will investigate each and every aspect of your case.
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Common Causes of Roll-Over Accidents
While large debate still exists in regards to the causes of these types of accidents, there are certainly a few sources that are agreed upon by most.In fact, the U.S government has stepped in to try and curtail the number of roll overs occurring throughout the country.
Below are some of the most common causes of roll over-related crashes in Mobile & Baldwin counties:
- Top-heavy vehicles (trucks, SUVs, minivans)
- Driver overcorrects vehicle
- Too many occupants and/or cargo weighing down the vehicle
- Texting and driving
- Driver hits a “trip” (i.e. ditch, median, uneven ground, etc.)
- Tire blowouts
- Overly aggressive driving
- Excessive speeding
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Resulting Accident Injuries
The frequency of fatality is about 1 in every 27 crashes that involve vehicle rollovers. In fact, studies have shown that these types of crashes account for almost one-third of all highway auto accident deaths. Due to the nature of the accident itself, occupants are often ejected from their vehicles, which substancially increases the risk fo serious injury and in many cases, fatality.
Some of the most common roll over accident injures include:
- Brain Damage
- Broken Bones
- Bone Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Internal Organ Damages
- Loss of Limbs
- Spinal Cord Injuries
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Reduced Property Damage By Better Design
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has instituted special requirements for vehicles to include anti-rollover equipment, with the most popular requirement being electronic vehicle stability systems – especially in trucks, SUVs, and minivans which have the highest likelihood to roll over.
By providing computer controlled engine torque management and individual wheel braking (like those offered by manufacturers Bendix and Meritor WABCO), these systems have been proven to greatly increase the safety of a vehicle, by providing the driver with more control in difficult and emergency driving situations.
An example of this would be of a pickup truck hauling a heavy load of cargo with a trailer attached to the rear of the vehicle. On wet or slippery road conditions, the computer is able to direct braking power to specific wheels that are either spinning too fast – or losing traction – to help stabilize that area of the vehicle.
By also using an active engine management system that “talks” to the braking system, the torque of the engine can also be used in coordination with the braking system to further slow down the vehicle.
Other Helpful Tips To Avoid Vehicle Rollovers
Vehicles with a high center of gravity are inevitably more prone to roll-overs. Nevertheless, those who operate those vehicles must be aware of this likelihood in the hopes to circumvent an accident, or worse, an injury or fatality.
Residents of both Mobile & Baldwin counties who own or operate an SUV, truck, or minivan must be aware of the following ways to avoid roll over accidents:
- Be an alert driver (i.e. pay attention to surroundings, especially road construction, uneven ground, ditches, etc.)
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Maintain the posted speed limit
- Take turns with caution
- Regularly have tire checked, especially before a long trip
- Be extra watchful in bad weather
Keeping these tips in mind will be valuable in the event of a weather change, road constructions, etc. Citrin Law Firm believes that an informed driver is a safe driver.
Roll Over Accident Attorney Servicing Mobile & Baldwin Counties
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Here at the Citrin Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting for justice and firmly believe that negligent drivers need to be held accountable for the actions.
As responsible members of our local communities, we are passionate about ensuring fair and just compensation is provided to injury victims throughout the state of Alabama, and are prepared to fight for the rights of our clients in a court of law.
With our main office being located in Mobile, AL – we service both Baldwin and Mobile counties, and our attorneys are licensed to practice law across the entire state of Alabama. We also offer a 100% FREE intial case review, and work on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t charge for our fees and services unless we obtain a settlement.
To find out how we can help, please call us on 251-888-8888 and a member from our staff will ask you some questions about your case, and then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy.
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