Roll-over accidents often occur when drivers of high profile vehicles are involved in a crash, especially while turning, which causes them to roll over. Another common cause of roll-over accidents is when drivers lose control of their vehicles, which begin to slide, and then hit an obstruction, which causes them to roll over. In these cases, you can say that the vehicle has been tripped.
Unfortunately, roll-over crashes are frequently deadly. Much of the danger comes from when the occupants are ejected when the vehicle is flipping over which most often occurs when they are not wearing their seatbelts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 10,000 people are killed in roll-over accidents each year, and an additional 30,000 are injured. The NHTSA estimates that over 50 percent of fatalities in single car crashes involved roll-overs. Most of these vehicles are larger vehicles primarily pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. These high profile vehicles have a higher center of gravity than a typical passenger car, so they are more prone to roll in a crash.
Vehicle manufacturers are aware of roll-over risks and have developed technologies that can help prevent more serious injury in the event of a roll-over crash. Increased roof strengths, wider vehicle tracks and electronic stability systems are important safety features that can save lives.
In 2011 the NHTSA announced new rules, which will require automobile manufacturers to develop systems to protect an adult who was not wearing a seatbelt from moving more than four inches past the side window in a crash. The rules apply to all vehicles under 10,000 pounds. The requirements will begin to be phased in in 2013, and full compliance will be required by 2018. This safety measure is estimated to prevent an average of 373 fatalities per year and will cost only $31 per car.
If you are injured in a roll-over crash, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. If your crash occurred because of the negligence of another driver, a defect with the vehicle you were driving, or a problem with a roadway, you could have a case against an individual, a manufacturer, or a governmental entity. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, or possibly even punitive damages.
If you are in California, call Donald Sjaarda, California roll over crash attorney. Call today at 714-963-8216.
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