Rollovers can be violent crashes, and more than most other types of accidents, they clearly show how crucial is a driver’s interaction with the vehicle, road and environment. Texas motorists should know what the most common causes of rollovers are.
First, it should be said that most rollovers are single-vehicle crashes. Nearly 85% of rollover fatalities stem from them, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, 90% of drivers in fatal rollovers were found to have been engaged in normal maneuvers like traveling down a straight lane or navigating a curve.
Perhaps the most common factor in rollovers is speeding. It’s involved in some 40% of fatal rollovers, and three-fourths of fatal rollovers are in areas where the posted speed limit is at 55 mph or above. Incidentally, rural areas are the setting for a significant number of rollovers. These areas can have higher speed limits but also lack important safety features like lane divisions and barriers.
Any amount of alcohol will put drivers at a higher risk for a rollover. Without being intoxicated, drivers can still experience slower reaction times, impaired vision and trouble paying attention. Also, drivers of SUVs, pickups and vans can more easily get in a rollover because of these vehicles’ higher center of gravity.
Motor vehicle accidents that only involve one vehicle may not form the basis for a personal injury claim, but if another was injured through no fault of his or her own, that person will be entitled to compensation. Texas holds to a modified form of comparative negligence, so victims who are partially to blame can still be eligible for damages, but the amount they recover may be lowered proportionally. In their effort to ensure a fair settlement, victims may want to have legal representation.