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Tx injury lawyerWithin the past week, two rollover car accidents stalled traffic on major highways in the San Antonio area. The first happened on I-35 northeast of San Antonio when a car carrying four passengers lost control and impacted two separate semi-trucks. The second happened north of San Antonio on Loop 1604 and involved two vehicles. These two crashes are part of a larger pattern of dangerous rollover accidents, which often result in serious and fatal injuries.

Common Injuries From Rollover Accidents

In a rollover accident involving multiple vehicles, some injuries may be caused by the initial impact. However, the most severe injuries tend to result from the vehicle overturning. In some cases, drivers or passengers are ejected from the vehicle and suffer injuries from their impact with the road, ground, or other objects in the vicinity. In other cases, drivers or passengers are trapped inside the overturned vehicle and may suffer serious injuries as the vehicle is crushed. Some common injuries resulting from these accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries - With the multiple points of impact that come with a rollover accident, there are many opportunities for concussions and other brain injuries as the head is shaken or impacted by the vehicle, the road, or the ground.
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries - The force and compression of a rollover crash can damage the vertebrae and spinal discs and, in some cases, the spinal cord itself, which can cause paralysis.
  • Broken bones - Bones throughout the body can also be fractured or crushed in a rollover, including the arms, legs, hips, and ribs.
  • Internal organ injuries - The lungs, kidneys, intestines, and other organs can also suffer damage in a rollover crash. Some internal injuries are obvious, including those caused by puncture wounds, but others may not be immediately apparent.
  • Cuts and lacerations - Broken glass and impacts with other sharp or hard surfaces can cause lacerations that in some cases result in permanent scarring or disfigurement.

Reacting to a Rollover Crash

One of the most important things to do if you are injured in a rollover accident is to get to safety and seek immediate medical attention. If you or a passenger is trapped in the vehicle, call 911 for professional assistance from first responders. As soon as you can, you should also consult with a personal injury attorney and start building your case for compensation from another driver who caused or contributed to the accident through their negligent actions.


TX accident lawyerRecently, a single-vehicle crash on A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock killed one person. The 34-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, though no one else was injured, and no major property damage appeared to have occurred. Single-vehicle rollover accidents are sometimes solely the fault of the driver, but this is not always the case. If you have managed to survive a rollover accident, you may be able to seek compensation from an actor whose conduct made your accident more likely, even if they were not injured in the accident themselves.

The Most Deadly Type Of Accident

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paint an intimidating picture of the aftermath of rollover crashes - justifiably so in most cases, given that they involve vehicles weighing thousands of pounds flipping over and expelling their contents. NHTSA statistics estimate that only around 2 percent of all traffic accidents are rollover crashes - however, they account for roughly 35 percent of traffic-related fatalities during that time.

There are several different reasons why the fatality count in rollover accidents gets so high. Speeding is very often a factor, as well as lack of restraint use (The Department of Transportation estimates that of the rollover accident facilities tallied, approximately three-fourths were not wearing seatbelts). DoT statistics also note that the majority of rollover accident drivers are male, and the majority of single-vehicle rollovers happen on two-lane roads with no medians. Obviously, accidents may happen anywhere, but some factors can raise one’s likelihood of having a crash, especially if one is not careful.


TX injury lawyerOver the Memorial Day weekend, a Ford Explorer crammed past capacity rolled over on I-35, killing two people at the scene and injuring 6 more. Sadly, the news came out after that a seven-year-old child had succumbed to their injuries at Dell Children’s Medical Center, raising the fatality count to three. The Explorer’s suggested capacity is five, but five additional people had been packed into the vehicle, putting 10 people in the car when a tire allegedly blew. While no legal action has been announced yet, the surviving family would be within their rights to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of the blown-out tire. If you have lost a loved one or been injured due to a faulty product, consulting an attorney may be a good idea.

Causes and Effects

Rollover accidents are by far the most deadly type of car crash, causing far more fatalities and injuries than one might assume, given how infrequent they are. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rollover accidents generally makeup around 2 percent of car crashes - but are responsible for a whopping 35 percent of all traffic fatalities. They can be rather violent, given that they are often caused by what is called ‘tripping’ - a sudden interaction with a fixed object, such as a patch of soft soil or a guardrail, which then launches the vehicle at least partially into the air.

There are many different factors that can lead to rollover accidents. Some of the most often seen include speeding and substance use of any kind. However, environmental factors may matter as well - studies show that certain vehicle types, particularly SUVs, may be more prone to rollovers due to their body shape, and accidents in Texas are highest on rural roads, after dark. A combination of any of these may lead to a crash, but even if your rollover accident only involves your car, you may be able to file suit against a defendant and potentially recover for your injuries.


TX accident lawyerRecently, a rollover crash on EB US 290 at Ben White Boulevard sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries. Both people became entrapped in their vehicles, requiring ATCEMS to cut them free before sending them to the hospital. Serious injuries are sadly common in rollover accidents, and if you have lived through one, your medical bills may add up very quickly. Bringing suit against a driver who struck you may be a good way to recoup some of your costs and recover for your losses.

Statistics Show Serious Injuries Common

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in a given year, roughly two percent of all accidents are of the rollover type. However, rollovers were responsible for approximately 35 percent of the fatalities from those accidents. It is possible to trace some causes for these high totals. One major factor is a lack of seat belt usage - in 2010, nearly 70 percent of those killed in rollover crashes were not using any seatbelt or restraint.

Another common cause of rollover crashes is the use of substances like alcohol or drugs. In 2010 data, the NHTSA estimates that nearly half of all rollover crashes involved alcohol use, and it is a known fact that driving while under the influence of alcohol (even if someone is not legally impaired) can cause a noticeable downgrade in your driving ability. There are also many causes that have more to do with location - for example, more rollover crashes occur on undivided rural roads and may have higher speeds.


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TX accident lawyerA recent morning gave rise to a serious accident on County Road 110, near Rockride Lane in Williamson County. Law enforcement gave no indication that anyone was injured, but rollover accidents are among the deadliest types, causing disproportionate amounts of fatalities even though this type of crash is relatively uncommon. If you are lucky enough to survive a rollover crash, you likely have serious injuries and medical bills, but you may be able to obtain compensation for what you have been through.

Statistics Show High Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics on rollover accidents are somewhat outdated, but nonetheless very revealing of trends that do not appear to have changed over time. Roughly two percent of all accidents on the road are of the rollover type, but a shocking 35 percent of all passenger vehicle deaths during that time occurred in rollovers. There are different theories as to why, but most boil down to the common-sense fact that more simply happens in most rollovers - all that metal and glass actually overturning, and the physical forces involved, will do more to a human body than most other types of car wrecks.

Some drivers do contribute to their own injuries, most often by speeding or failing to wear a seatbelt. The NHTSA also noted an association between elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) and fatal rollovers, particularly fatal single-vehicle rollovers. It is also worth noting that many rollovers happen while the driver is engaged in routine maneuvers - which in turn leads to a possible conclusion that distraction or boredom can play a role as well.


The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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