Although some rollover accidents are the result of inevitable circumstances like bad weather, the vast majority of rollovers are caused by human error. That’s why Attorney Duncan is dedicated to helping victims of rollover accidents in Chicago collect the financial compensation that they deserve. Speak with our Chicago rollover accident lawyer in a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options after a serious accident.
Rollover accidents are a common type of traffic collision and can involve one or more vehicles. Generally speaking, these accidents are directly connected to a vehicle’s performance during turns.
This is especially true when a driver makes sudden, sharp turns. For instance, a driver might veer off the road to avoid oncoming traffic, causing their unstable car to tip over. While this could happen to anyone on the road, certain types of cars have a greater tendency to roll over than others.
The following types of vehicles are often involved in rollovers:
The primary reason these automobiles are likely to flip is because they are less stable than other vehicles. For the most part, a vehicle’s stability is determined by its height, its center of gravity, and the space between its right and left tires. Cars that are tall and narrow have a high center of gravity and are more susceptible to rollovers than cars that are relatively low and wide.
According to research, rollover accidents usually involve one car. These incidents tend to occur on weekend nights and usually involve young, male drivers. In approximately 75% of reported rollover accidents, the driver was thrown from the vehicle, indicating that he or she failed to use a seat belt. Additionally, statistics indicate that the majority of rollovers involve drunk driving.
There are two types of rollover accidents. The first type, tripped rollover accidents, are caused by an external object. For example, a tripped rollover might occur when a car hits a curb and tips over. The second type, untripped rollover accidents, occur when a car skids and rolls over without hitting an object. Most untripped rollover accidents happen during turns when the vehicle skids, destabilizes, and rolls on account of the “cornering force” that pulls on the vehicle as it reaches the center of a high-speed turn.
Rollover accidents are dangerous. Depending on the structural integrity of your vehicle, a rollover could crush the roof of your car. Roof-crush accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death, depending on the circumstances surrounding the wreck. To avoid these dangers, some SUVs are equipped with roll bars and cages. For example, the Jeep Wrangler is designed for unsteady terrain and is usually manufactured with a roll bar or protective cage to keep passengers from suffering serious head injuries.
Unfortunately, protective bars are bulky and impractical for most passenger vehicles, leaving many cars with little or no protection during a rollover. After a rollover accident, passengers also face the danger of being trapped inside the vehicle. If the car catches on fire, the driver and passengers may suffer serious or fatal injuries if they are unable to leave the vehicle because it rolled onto its side.
If you suffered an injury or the loss of a loved one in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation through a car accident lawsuit. Attorney Duncan is passionate about helping his clients obtain financial compensation for their injuries and non-economic damages. He may be able to help you seek restitution for losses caused by a defective car part, a negligent driver, or a poorly designed road.
If you are searching for a lawyer to handle your rollover accident, you don’t have to look any farther than Duncan Law Group. The firm boasts legal experience spanning more than a decade and recoveries totaling millions of dollars.
In Chicago, finding the right personal injury attorney is not easy. With a top-rated lawyer on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is in good hands. Get in touch with the firm to learn more about your rights as a car accident victim. The sooner you request a free consultation, the sooner we can help you work toward a positive outcome and seek restitution to account for your suffering.
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