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TX crash attorneyTexas roads can be dangerous, especially when someone is driving at a high rate of speed. If enough speed and recklessness are present, crashes do happen, and sometimes, they can even be severe enough to cause a vehicle to roll over completely. Rollover accidents are among the most deadly that happen on U.S. roads in any state, and if your rollover crash was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring suit against that person to recover for your medical bills.

Statistics and Causes

Rollover crashes account for a disproportionate amount of all traffic fatalities simply because there is usually a disproportionate amount of metal and glass being thrown around, with a person or people inside the vehicle having little chance to escape. This is further compounded by not wearing a seatbelt or other restraint - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in the most recent available data, only around 2 percent of all accidents were of the rollover type, but nearly 35 percent of all traffic deaths were rollover accident-related. Roughly 70 percent of those deaths were not wearing a seatbelt.

Most rollover crashes occur when tires hit a surface like soil or the guardrail and ‘trip,’ or flip upward, due to their center of gravity. However, there are several different types of reasons why rollovers occur in the first place. Statistics show, for example, that many more rollover accidents are speed-related than non-rollovers. Rollover crashes are also more common on weekends and in the night hours (between 6 PM and 6 AM, generally).

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TX accident attorneyRecently, a crash on the I-10 access road near Ramsgate Road led to a 19-year-old driver being ejected from his car, sustaining significant injuries. Law enforcement was unable to explain why the young man crashed his vehicle into a tree, but upon impact, he was thrown from the vehicle. San Antonio police are treating the crash as a single-vehicle accident, and because of this, it may be difficult for the injured motorist to seek compensation for his injuries even if anyone else turns out to have been involved. Single-vehicle accident cases often require the services of an experienced attorney to navigate successfully.

What Causes Single-Vehicle Crashes?

Single-vehicle accidents are often painted as the sole responsibility of the injured driver, and sometimes this does turn out to be true. The driver in the Ramsgate Road accident may have been intoxicated and was almost certainly speeding - these are both common causes of single-vehicle accidents, as they can cause a driver to lose control of their car or truck much more easily. Other causes can include distracted driving (most commonly, texting and driving or otherwise being engaged with your phone) and poor weather conditions.

Many single-vehicle accidents are of the rollover variety, and these are disproportionately deadly. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that while rollover accidents make up only around 2 percent of crashes in any given year, almost 35 percent of the road fatalities can be attributed to rollovers. This is often simply because an enormous amount of metal and plastic is flying around in rollover crashes; so much weight will do more to a passenger or driver inside than a sideswipe or head-on crash.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rollover_20190215-172143_1.jpgRecently, a young Dripping Springs man was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, after his car rolled over on Hamilton Pool Road. Lake Travis and Bee Cave police responded. Two men who happened to be passing played an integral role in getting the flaming vehicle upright, as well as extricating the driver from the flames, which is thought to have saved his life. While this young man appears to have been lucky, rollover crashes are among the most deadly types, and living through one can leave someone with significant medical bills. You may be able to seek compensation for yours if you believe that the accident was caused by another person’s negligent conduct.

Statistics Show Disproportionate Danger

Statistics from SaferCar, an initiative run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that while rollovers make up a relatively small portion of car accidents each year (roughly 2.1 percent), that small number of accidents was responsible for almost 35 percent of all traffic accident deaths in the most recent data studied. Rollover accidents, especially multi-vehicle rollovers, have the tendency to be deadly because of the sheer weight and volume of matter being thrown around, and the extravagant way in which the vehicle can change position - if a car flips end over end, for example, it will understandably cause far more damage to anyone inside the vehicle than, say, a sideswipe collision.

Data from the NHTSA also shows, however, that in many rollovers, the occupants of the vehicle neglect to wear seat belts, which certainly adds to the fatality count. Without a seat belt, any damage done to the vehicle is acted upon the person in its cab, as one might guess; while restraints might not necessarily entirely protect someone from injury, statistics show a much lower proportion of belted drivers losing their lives in rollovers than those who neglected to buckle up.

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 TX injury lawyerIn the early hours of November 1, a significant rollover crash occurred on I-37 South, near Mathis Road. Two people were thrown from their car as it flipped over, sustaining serious injuries, while a second passenger sustained less severe damage to their person. The victims were taken to University Hospital and San Antonio Military Medical Center, respectively, in stable condition. All the victims in the crash can be said to be quite lucky to escape with only experiencing relatively mild harm - rollover crashes are by far the most deadly type of car accident, and if someone is held liable for injuries suffered by another person in a rollover, the bills can be very high.

Rollovers Can Be Deadly

Rollover accidents comprise only a small percentage of all car crashes in any given year - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly 2 percent of auto accidents in a year are rollovers. However, those accidents involved approximately 35 percent of all fatalities sustained in car crashes. Also, as many as 85 percent are single-vehicle accidents, meaning that very often, any liability lays on the driver’s head. Rollover crashes can be profoundly dangerous, as can be seen.

Rollovers have some of the usual car accident causes, such as speed, misuse of alcohol or other substances, or driver inattention - for example, the NHTSA reports that nearly half of fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol. However, some causes are more unique to rollover crashes - for example, many more sport utility vehicles and pickups roll over than standard sedans. In an SUV, the center of gravity is higher, and may not be as well balanced as a four-door or two-door car’s might be, thus allowing the vehicle to require less of a push to tip over.

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Texas injury lawyerOn February 17, an accident briefly closed part of I-37, as an SUV hit the wall, rolling over several times before coming to a stop. Two women were inside, and one escaped major injury, but the other was killed at the scene. The crash took some time to clean up, as the car had shed metal and debris all over the road. Unfortunately, such a pattern is all too common in rollover accidents, and it is one of the reasons they consistently are the most deadly type of car crash.

Rollovers Cause the Most Fatalities

If one examines statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one can see that rollover accidents alone accounted for 31 percent of all car crash deaths. This is markedly higher than other types of accidents by themselves, though it is perhaps understandable. An accident is classified as a rollover if the roof of the vehicle hits the ground at least once, and when that happens, those inside the vehicle will often sustain severe injury, especially if they are not wearing a seatbelt.

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