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Traffic accidents contribute to a tremendous number of accidental deaths each year in the United States. In fact, over 40,000 people are killed in car accidents annually. Of all the types of accidents that cars get into, some of the most dangerous are rollovers. With the various forces exerted on both the body of the vehicle, and the bodies of its occupants, rollover crashes can be incredibly traumatic and deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents caused over half of all single-vehicle-accident deaths in 2001. Fortunately, rollover crashes are very unusual compared to other types of auto collisions, but when they do happen, they are potentially extremely serious and deadly.
Most rollover accidents occur on weekend nights, based on data reported by the NHTSA, and in most cases men under the age of 25 are the driver in these terrible accidents. Part of the danger of these crashes is that in about 75% of rollover accidents, the people inside the car are thrown out of the vehicle due to lack of seat belt use. Another interesting fact about rollover accidents is that they tend to happen on highways with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour or greater. In most cases, the vehicle was significantly exceeding the speed limit.
Another primary factor in rollover crashes is the type of vehicle involved. Certain vehicle types, such as pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and Jeeps are more likely to roll over than many other vehicles, because of their high center of gravity. In fact, the number of SUV fatal rollover accidents has increased by more than 100% 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 an Aurora and Denver Rollover Accident Attorney
If you have been seriously injured in a rollover car accident, speak with Denver auto accident attorney John R. Fuller as soon as possible. Your choice of Denver personal injury attorney typically can make the difference between the insurance company getting their way 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.
We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly, and provide interpreters for our Spanish-speaking clients.