Vehicle Rollover Accidents
A significant number of car crashes in Lake County are car rollover accidents. These accidents are especially notable as they often lead to significant accident injuries – and in some cases fatalities – especially if seatbelts and other car safety devices are not utilized.
There are many reasons why car or other vehicles “roll over” during an accident. As seen on SaferCar.gov (NHTSA) “Types of Rollovers,” car rollovers are typically grouped into two different categorizations: “tripped” and “untripped.”
NHTSA data show that 95% of single-vehicle rollovers are tripped . This happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, digging its tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail. The high tripping force applied to the tires in these situations can cause the vehicle to roll over.
Un-tripped rollovers are less common than tripped rollovers, occurring less than 5% of the time, and mostly to top-heavy vehicles. Instead of an object serving as a tripping mechanism, un-tripped rollovers usually occur during high-speed collision avoidance maneuvers.
The page also describes various dynamics (with video animations) of various types of “tripped rollovers.”
As to causes of rollovers, safercar.gov states “Rollovers, more so than other types of crashes, reflect the interaction of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors.”
Various factors are listed that can cause, or contribute, to rollovers. Those factors, further explained on the page, include:
- Vehicle Type
- Routine Driver
- Single-Vehicle Crashes
The discussion under “single-vehicle crashes” is notable. It states:
NHTSA data show that nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes. This means that the majority of rollover crashes and fatalities do not involve any other vehicle besides the one that rolled over, further suggesting that driver behavior plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
On the Rollover Fatalities page, the danger of vehicle rollovers is further reinforced. As stated on the page:
Rollovers are dangerous incidents and have a higher fatality rate than other kinds of crashes. Of the nearly 9.1 million passenger car, SUV, pickup and van crashes in 2010, only 2.1% involved a rollover.
However, rollovers accounted for nearly 35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes. In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes. The majority of them (69%) were not wearing safety belts.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) also has published information with regard to vehicle rollovers. The page is titled “Epidemiology, Causes and Prevention of Car Rollover Crashes with Ejection.” Excerpts from this source include:
Rollover crashes (ROCs) are responsible for almost a third of all highway vehicle occupant fatalities. Although ROCs are common and serious mechanism of injury, ROCs are under-reported.
Distracted driving, speeding and drinking escalate the chances of rollover crashes. Wearing a seatbelt greatly improves the chances of surviving a ROC.
The following statistics are cited:
As the majority of ROCs take places in the highways, it poses serious road safety concerns. Around 220,000 light motor vehicles sustain ROCs in the US annually involving 350,000 vehicle occupants. These crashes reported 9000 occupants deaths, 14,100 serious injuries whereas, minor to moderate injuries were reported in 224,000 victims of these crashes. Despite the fact that ROCs constitute only 2.2% of all MVCs; it represents about 33% of the annual injury costs in the US (around $40 billion). It has been reported that 50% and 10% of the harm due to ROCs is related to the head and neck and spines injuries, respectively.
As one can imagine, rollovers that involve occupant ejections (i.e. when an occupant is thrown from the vehicle) often lead to serious injuries and often fatalities. The NCBI page cites the following statistics regarding ejections:
In a rollover, there is a five-fold increased risk of mortality, if the occupant ejected during the crash. It was also suggested that the fatality rate could be reduced by 70% by effective controlling of ejection in rollover. Another study reported that even in less severe ROCs, two-thirds of the mortalities were attributed to occupant ejection from the vehicle.
As far as preventing rollover crashes and ejections, various factors are cited:
Apart from technological advancement, safety measures such as seatbelt compliance, avoidance of panic maneuvers and loading too much gear onto a roof rack, excessive speed around ramps/curves in the highway and excessive speed in slippery conditions would help in preventing ROCs.
In addition to these preventative measures, various technologies, including rollover prevention and side-curtain airbags, are also mentioned. Vehicle design is another factor.
Rollover Crashes In Lake County
As to rollover crashes in Lake County, this site has summarized various such crashes. Among the most recent was a January 3, 2016 vehicle rollover crash on I-94 near Lincolnshire. This accident was summarized in the January 3 post titled “I-94 Vehicle Rollover Crash Near Lincolnshire.”
Should You Be Injured In An Illinois Vehicle Accident
Should you be injured an Illinois accident, there are various recommended actions to take in order to safeguard both your health as well as your legal rights. It is important that you consider getting a thorough medical evaluation after an accident, even if you think you are not injured. The reasons for this are further discussed on the “Important Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After An Accident” page.
From a legal perspective, it is likely to be highly beneficial to talk with an Illinois personal injury lawyer (very) soon after an accident. There are various steps you should take to protect your legal rights – and in doing so help you to maximize the potential compensation for the accident injuries and any other harm that may have resulted.
Elman Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years. During this time, we have handled over 10,000 personal injury cases, and have established a reputation for our court trial performances. Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, offers a free consultation to discuss your accident, the injuries and other harm that occurred, and legal remedies for getting compensation. Tony Elman can be reached at (773) 392-8182.
Elman Law Group handles Illinois personal injury cases on a contingency basis — clients are not charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.