Vehicle rollovers are among the most devastating types of car accidents that can happen in California. These types of collisions often result in more significant damages, including vehicle damage and serious injuries. Here are five common causes of vehicle rollover accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one were involved in such a collision.
1. Driving a Top-Heavy Vehicle
Vehicles that are top-heavy, such as SUVs, are more prone to rolling over than other cars or trucks. Even something as simple as avoiding something in the middle of the road can lead to a rollover accident, which can result in critical injuries or even death.
It’s normal for drivers to drift a little from one side of the road to the other, but overcorrecting can lead to a fatal rollover accident. This is especially true in top-heavy vehicles, but it can happen to any type of car. The best way to get back on the road after drifting, or sliding in bad weather, is to gently and slowly ease the car back onto the road.
3. Hitting a “Trip”
If a driver hits a guard rail, a median, a tree, or any other kind of object (often called a “trip”), the vehicle can easily be involved in a rollover. The most common accidents where a “trip” is involved is when a driver hits an object on the side of the road and flips over it as a result of the speed and momentum the car had before it struck the object.
4. Reckless Driving
Individuals who drive recklessly when operating their vehicle are not only at an increased risk for accidents all together, but they are at an even higher risk of being involved in a vehicle rollover accident. Excessive speed or swerving can all make it much more likely for the car to flip or roll in the event that it collides with another vehicle or object.
5. Too Much Weight In Your Vehicle
Even if you don’t drive a “top-heavy” vehicle, if your car or truck has a lot of weight in it (either objects or passengers), you are at an increased risk of a rollover. Avoid carrying more passengers than your car can hold, and rent a truck to carry very heavy items as opposed to tying them to the top of your vehicle.
Contact the Law Office of Carl L. Brown Today
If you or a loved one have been involved in a vehicle rollover accident, you could be eligible for compensation if the accident can be attributed to problems in the design or manufacture of the vehicle you were driving, or if another driver was at fault for the collision. Call a seasoned Fresno car accident lawyer at our office today at (559) 431-4400 to discuss your case and to learn more about the legal options you have available to you. We’re ready now to assist you.