Understanding Common Causes Of Rollover Accidents
Local 10 News recently reported that a person was trapped in a rollover accident on a recent Sunday in Miami-Dade. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, several hydraulic tools and techniques had to be used in order to remove the trapped patient, who was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center. The two other people involved in the accident also had to be transported to a local hospital.
How Often do Rollover Accidents Happen?
While no one wants to contemplate the prospect of a rollover accident, the good news is that statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that most of us won’t have to. Only a little over two percent of the nearly 9.1 million passenger car, SUV, pickup and van crashes in 2010 involved a rollover. However, statistics also indicate that rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other kinds of crashes when they do occur. That same year, almost 35 percent of the deaths that resulted from passenger vehicle crashes involved rollovers. This equated to more than 7,600 fatalities.
What Are Common Causes of Rollover Accidents?
Unfortunately, rollover accidents can result from a variety of circumstances that can lead to severe injuries. Some common causes of rollover accidents can include:
- Negligent drivers
- Low tire traction
- Brake malfunctions
- Hitting an object
- Load shifts in trucks
- Overloaded vehicles
- Uneven or poorly maintained road
- Poor weather conditions
- Unexpected road hazards
- Vehicle defects
What Should I Do After a Rollover Accident?
Immediately following an accident, it is most important that you obtain needed emergency medical care. After all, because of the nature of a rollover accident, resulting injuries are often severe if not fatal. Outside of obtaining emergency medical care, you should undertake the following actions to the extent that you are able in lieu of your injuries:
At the scene of the accident:
- Do not admit fault
- Call authorities to the scene and ask for a report
- Take pictures of the scene and surrounding area with your smartphone
- Write down contact information for witnesses
After the accident:
- Continue any treatments that have been prescribed by a medical doctor and do not stop attending appointments until you are released from care.
- Keep your medical bills, the police report, and any other documentation related to your accident together in a secure place.
- Refuse to sign any kind of documentation of any kind until you obtain legal help.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine whether you have a claim for your injuries, and if so, help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Rollover Accident?
We understand how serious the tragic consequences of a rollover accident can be and we sympathize with what you and your loved ones have experienced. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a rollover accident, you deserve to know your legal options. Contact the experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm today and we will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
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