Sports utility vehicles, trucks, and vans are often considered safe, “family” automobiles because of their size. However, they also have a higher risk for a rollover accident. A rollover accident is when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side. Usually, vehicles that have a higher center of gravity, like a tall SUV or bus, are most likely to experience a crash like this. In fact, the primary cause of SUV crashes is rollover accidents. If you have been in a rollover accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
How Do Rollover Accidents Happen?
When a vehicle is tall and top-heavy, it has a higher center of gravity and is more likely to fall over than a vehicle low to the ground. They are less stable than a compact car, even though you might feel less safe in a smaller vehicle.
SUVS, trucks, cans, pick-up trucks, mini-vans, tractor trailers, and buses are all guilty of being top-heavy enough to topple over when not handled with care on the road.
Reasons for rollover accidents:
- Driver has to make a sudden turn or jerks the wheel
- Automobile hits a median or guardrail and topples to the side
- Bad weather (snow, ice, rain)
- Speeding or driving carelessly – Almost half of deadly rollover accidents involve alcohol
What to Do if Your Car Rolls Over
Although no one can truly be prepared for a rollover auto accident, here are some suggestions:
- Try to remain calm and avoid leaning forward
- After the car stops, check yourself and your passengers for injuries
- Turn off your vehicle
- If you are able, call for emergency assistance
- Assess the situation to see if you can find a way out of your vehicle
Have you been in a rollover accident?
Any motor vehicle accident can cause significant personal injuries. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have decades of experience helped injured clients. A consultation with our office is complimentary. Contact us to discuss the circumstances of your case.