A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle turns over on its roof or side as a result of a severe collision on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only head-on crashes can cause more severe injuries. Rollover car accidents make up about 29 percent of all light vehicle fatalities from 1992 to 1996, and they constitute almost 35 percent of fatal passenger car collisions in 2010. Some passenger cars, such as sports utility vehicles, are known for being prone to rollovers. If a rollover accident does not result in death, it can typically lead to a permanent and life-altering injury.
What Injuries Result from a Rollover Car Accident?
According to rollover data from the National Automotive Sampling System, a rollover accident can cause severe injuries to the head, neck, upper limbs, lower limbs and abdomen. The most common rollover injuries include:
– Traumatic brain injury
– Broken bones
– Spinal cord injury
Rollover accident injuries may cause permanent complications. For instance, a rollover accident can lead to a traumatic brain injury, which may cause problems with speech, balance and impulse control. This is only one example. Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or total paralysis.
These types of accidents can happen under various factors, such as distracted or drunk driving. Distracted or drunk driving is usually associated with speeding and overcorrection, which are two things that can easily flip a car over. The negligence of another driver, however, should not be your fault, especially if you are injured.
If you have been involved in a rollover car accident in California, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can guide you along your potential case. Contact Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson today for a free consultation.