There are many reasons that such rollover accidents are so serious in nature. One of these reasons is that rollovers are more common at higher speeds. As seen on a Safercar.gov’s (NHTSA) page regarding rollover causes:
Fatal rollover crashes are speed-related more often than fatal non-rollover crashes. Some 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding . Additionally, nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers took place where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
Safercar.gov also states “Rollovers, more so than other types of crashes, reflect the interaction of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors.” Those factors, further explained on the aforementioned “Rollover Causes” page, include:
- Vehicle Type
- Routine Driver
- Single-Vehicle Crashes
Given the demographic and traffic aspects of Will County, one would expect there to be a significant number of rollover crashes. Various recent Will County crashes involving rollovers have been summarized on this site. Those crashes include accidents in Joliet, Lockport Township, unincorporated Manhattan Township, Channahon Township, and Romeoville.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has a page regarding rollover injuries, titled “Comparison of risk factors for cervical spine, head, serious, and fatal injury in rollover crashes.” An excerpt from the abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine and compare the risk factors for cervical spine, head, serious, and fatal injury in real world rollover crashes. Rollover crashes from 1995-2008 in the National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS) were investigated. A large data set of 6015 raw cases (2.5 million weighted) was generated. Nonparametric univariate analyses, univariate logistic regression, and multivariate logistic regression were conducted. Complete or partial ejection, a lack of seatbelt use, a greater number of roof inversions, and older occupant age significantly increased the risk of all types of injuries studied (p<0.05).
There are various ways to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of a rollover accident. Many of these preventative measures are the same as avoidance factors for any other type of vehicle accident. Among these measures are:
- Avoiding distracted driving
- Avoiding speeding, especially that which is wildly excessive
- Avoiding other types of reckless driving
- Avoiding driving after drinking and other intoxications, including drugs
Safercar.gov’s rollover page has an animation concerning vehicle rollovers. As stated on the page:
Rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes.
The page lists various other rollover prevention measures, and provides examples of each by way of animation. These measures largely involve driver behavior, and include avoiding panic steering (which often follows “oversteering,”) know proper maneuvering, Tire Pressure and Loading Limits, and Use Caution On Rural Roads.
Under “know proper maneuvering” it states the following:
If your vehicle leaves the roadway, gradually reduce speed. Then, when it’s safe to do so, ease the vehicle back onto the roadway.
Under “Tire Pressure and Loading Limits” it states the following under the “Maintain Your Tires” heading:
Improperly inflated and worn tires can be especially dangerous because they inhibit your ability to maintain vehicle control, the most important factor in reducing the chance of rollover. Worn tires may cause the vehicle to slide sideways on wet or slippery pavement, sliding the vehicle off the road and increasing its risk of rolling over. Improper inflation can accelerate tire wear, and can even lead to tire failure. It is important to maintain your tires properly, and replace them when necessary.
(please note: underinflated and/or worn tires, especially those that are overloaded, increase the risk of a tire blowout. Such tire blowouts cause vehicle instability which often leads to accidents. Tire blowouts are further discussed on the “Tire Blowouts As An Accident Cause” page.)
Other factors involving the vehicle including vehicle design, which can also lead some vehicles to be more prone to rolling over than others. As well, whether the vehicle has safety features, ranging from seat belts to vehicle stability control, can play a roll in the possibility and severity of such rollover accidents.
Due to the seriousness of rollover accidents and accompanying injuries, there are critical steps you should take if you’re involved in a vehicle accident. These steps can be broadly categorized into medical and legal concerns.
From a medical perspective, protecting one’s health is critical. There are many reasons – even if you don’t think you have been (seriously) injured – to get a thorough medical exam following a vehicle accident.
Among these reasons is that certain injuries – some serious, including those that may prove fatal – have symptoms that may not immediately manifest. Such injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBI) and internal bleeding.
From a legal perspective, many people believe that it is advisable to talk to an experienced car accident lawyer regarding the accident and its injuries. This discussion is best done (very) promptly following an accident. Acting in an expeditious manner is likely to best protect one’s legal rights and otherwise maximize the potential for one to maximize accident injury compensation. This injury compensation is likely to be of critical importance, given the severity of a typical rollover accident and its potential to cause substantial personal injury.
Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years. During this time, he has established a reputation as being a successful trial lawyer. This success has involved a broad range of lawsuit types and sizes.
Tony Elman offers those who have been injured in an Illinois accident a free legal consultation to discuss the accident injuries and other harm that occurred. He can also discuss how much your case may be worth, and legal remedies for getting this compensation. Tony Elman can be reached at (773) 392-8182.
Elman Law Group works on Illinois personal injury cases on a contingency basis — this means that clients are not charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.