How do Rollover Car Accidents Happen?
Rollovers are complex accidents that are particularly violent in nature. A rollover is a type of accident in which a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof. According to Safecar, rollovers, more so than other types of accidents, reflect the interaction of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors with each other.
A study reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that rollover crashes are more likely to result in fatalities than other types of crashes. In 2018, 6,583 passenger vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes. Though most rollovers (72%) were associated with a pre-rollover impact, a substantial proportion (28%) rolled over without having impacted anything beforehand.
Any type of vehicle can roll over, though taller, narrower vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and vans are more likely than average cars are because they have a higher center of gravity and thus are more top-heavy. However, the newest SUVs have lower rates than the newest cars. The IIHS reported that the rollover driver-death rate among newer (1 to 3-year-old) passenger vehicles have dropped from 27 in the year 2000 to 6 in 2012.
In some of the worst cases, a rollover can result in a passenger being ejected from the vehicle or even have the vehicle's roof collapsing onto the passengers inside. Most rollover crash fatalities involve only one vehicle.
Not all car accidents are the same, and they often involve a multitude of different implications that will make a difference when taking a case to court. Rollover accidents are particularly complex, but our expert legal team of rollover accident lawyers in Los Angeles can help make the process smoother.