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One of the Deadliest Types of Car Crashes: Rollover Accidents
Posted on February 5, 2017
Rollover accidents are dangerous — and often deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a majority of rollover crashes don’t involve any other vehicles. That means driver behavior is a major factor contributing to rollover incidents. Speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving are common examples.
However, there are other factors to keep in mind. If you drive an SUV, pickup truck other tall vehicles you are more susceptible to rolling over in a crash. Rollover accidents are also more likely to occur in rural areas and on curvy roads. When a vehicle is going too fast or the driver is impaired, the driver is more likely to have trouble navigating curves and even straight roads.
Examples of Rollover Incidents
While a majority of rollover accidents involve one vehicle, that doesn’t mean there aren’t vulnerable passengers in the car. For example:
- In early January a 19-year-old Pawhuska driver took a curve too fast and went airborne, rolling once before coming to a stop. The driver, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was ejected out of the window. He sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Tulsa. There were two 16-year-old passengers, one of whom sustained an internal trunk injury. The injured passenger also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
However, there are also recent examples of rollover crashes involving multiple vehicles:
- In November 2016 a 13-year-old was injured in a rollover crash on Highway 11 in Tulsa after another car came up fast behind and clipped it, sending the car carrying the 13-year-old and other teenagers off the side of the road. The injured teen was taken to the hospital.
- Another rollover incident occurred when a semi ran into several vehicles on Highway 75 in Tulsa. A pickup truck hit by the semi rolled over and landed on the on-ramp from 41st Street.
And here is an example of a single driver with no passengers:
- In December a Tulsa driver suffered a medical condition while behind the wheel and lost control of the vehicle. The driver ran into some power poles and a retail sign and was ejected when the car rolled over. He later died at the hospital.
Contact Our Office for Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident where your vehicle rolled over, or where you were hit by another rolling vehicle, contact the law office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C., today. We are prepared to help you recover compensation for your injuries.