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Four Common Causes of a Rollover Car Accident

A rollover accident is exactly what it sounds like – a car accident in which a vehicle rolls over. A Lebanon rollover car wreck is serious and likely to cause severe injuries or even death.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a third of all 2010 deaths from passenger vehicle accidents resulted from rollover accidents.

Although SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans are more likely to be involved in a rollover car accident than a passenger car, any passenger vehicle can be involved in a rollover.  The NHTSA found that these additional factors play a large role in fatal rollover accidents:

  • Rural Roads – Because rural roads are typically undivided and barrier-free, they are more likely to be the scene of a fatal rollover accident.
  • Speed – Almost 75 percent of fatal rollover accidents occurred on roads where the speed limit is at least 55 miles per hour, and 40 percent involved excessive speeding.
  • Alcohol – Nearly 50 percent of all fatal rollover accidents involved alcohol.
  • Single Vehicle Accidents – Almost 85 percent of rollover fatalities are attributed to single vehicle crashes. More than 90 percent of the drivers involved in these fatal single vehicle accidents were performing routine driving tasks such as going straight or following a curve in the road.

Watching your speed, paying close attention to the driving task at hand, and avoiding impaired driving are steps you can take to help avoid being severely injured or killed in a rollover accident. If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle crash and need legal assistance, Schmidt Kramer can help. Our attorneys regularly help clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and we can help you, too. Contact a skilled Harrisburg car crash attorney at (717) 888-8888 for a free case evaluation. Alternatively, you may wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for more information. Don’t wait—call us today!