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Motor vehicle accidents are recognized as one of the leading causes of death in the United States— claiming approximately 41,000 lives every year. While there are many types of motor vehicle accidents, one of the most traumatic and deadly is the rollover accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2001, rollover accidents constituted about 54% of all deaths in single car accidents. Although rollover accidents are quite rare in comparison to other automobile accidents, when they do occur— they are extremely serious and deadly.
According to the NHTSA, the majority of fatal rollover crashes happen on a weekend night and the majority of the drivers are males under the age of 25. Unfortunately, in 3 out of 4 fatal rollover crashes, the individuals involved in the accident are ejected from the vehicle for lack of wearing seat belts. Speed has also been an important factor in rollover fatalities, with the majority of the accidents happening on a road where the speed limit is 55 mph or greater.
The types of vehicles involved in these rollover crashes are usually a main factor. In fact, trucks, Sport Utility Vehicles, Mini-vans and Jeeps are more likely to be involved in a rollover crash than a passenger car. In fact with the popularity of the SUV on the rise, the number of SUV fatal rollover accidents has more than doubled since 1991.
All cars —especially Sport Utility Vehicles— are suppose to be manufactured to durable roofs so that they are able to withstand some force or impact. In many cases, even if the rollover accident was a single car accident, there may be parties responsible for your injuries. Improper design, improper manufacturing or improper roadway maintenance may be to blame. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a rollover vehicle, please contact a Colorado automobile accident attorney for information on who may be responsible.
Contact a Denver and Aurora Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. The Denver personal injury attorney you select often makes the difference between a settlement that favors the insurance company and a settlement or verdict that is fair and meets your needs.
Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact John R. Fuller, P.C., for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
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