Car and Truck Rollovers
An upturned car with its wheels in the air and sunroof in the mud can be a shocking sight. The frequency and severity of rollover accidents make them a serious problem in the automotive industry. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover crashes account for 35 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities; more than 10,000 people a year are killed in these accidents.
If you or someone you know has suffered damages because their car rolled over in an accident, the case should be investigated to determine liability. Contact the Oklahoma rollover attorneys at the Abel Law Firm to discuss the details of your case with a professional. Call 1-800-739-2235 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Causes of Rollovers
The most common causes of rollovers include:
- Abrupt turning at high speeds
- An accident in which a vehicle is “T-boned” or hit on the side
- The driver’s losing control of the vehicle, causing it to swerve into a curb or other obstacle at high speeds
Most of these accidents can be prevented by caution and adherence to traffic laws. Unfortunately, motorists do not always fully appreciate the dangers of unsafe driving.
Although a rollover can occur in any vehicle, some makes and models are more susceptible to rollovers than others. Vehicles with a high center of gravity and narrow tire track, such as early model SUVs, are more likely to rollover in the event of an accident. In some cases, a vehicle manufacturer can be liable for rollover accidents if they failed to design a reasonable safe car or truck.