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Q: My son was severely injured in a Harrisburg car crash. The police report referred to it as a tripped rollover accident. What does that mean?

A Harrisburg rollover accident is a very dangerous automobile incident that often results in severe injuries or even death. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2010 statistics, more than one-third of rollover accidents involve a fatality—accounting for almost 7,600 deaths.

There are two types of rollovers—tripped and un-tripped. The NHTSA says 95 percent of rollovers involving a single vehicle are of the tripped variety.

A tripped rollover occurs when a vehicle leaves the road and slides sideways. The tires dig into the soft shoulder or the vehicle hits a guardrail and the tripping force causes the vehicle to roll over. Tripped rollovers can also occur in off-road situations on a slope that is too steep to keep the vehicle upright.

An un-tripped rollover is much less common, occurring only about five percent of the time. These rollovers usually happen when top-heavy vehicles, traveling at a high rate of speed, maneuver to avoid a collision.

The best way to avoid a rollover accident is to keep your vehicle on the road. However, serious accidents occur every day—often due to the carelessness or negligence of other drivers. If you have been seriously injured in a Harrisburg car accident, an experienced car wreck lawyer at Schmidt Kramer can help.

We regularly help those seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident to obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact us at (717) 888-8888 for a fast and free case evaluation.

You may also wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for more information.