Vehicle rollover crashes are among the most serious accidents that occur in DuPage County. On this site, numerous rollover crashes have been summarized. These accidents have occurred in Clarendon Hills, Naperville, Bartlett, Lisle, and Elmhurst.
There are many reasons why rollover crashes occur. Safercar.gov (NHTSA) 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.
The ways to reduce rollover crashes are numerous. These include avoiding distracted driving; reducing speed in uncertain situations; avoiding speeding and other types of reckless driving; and avoiding driving while intoxicated on drugs and/or alcohol.
An excerpt from “Causes” of Rollovers page regarding speed:
Fatal rollover crashes are speed-related more often than fatal non-rollover crashes. Some 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding . Additionally, nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers took place where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
Safercar.gov’s rollover page has an animation concerning vehicle rollovers. As stated on the page:
Rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes.
The page lists various other preventative measures. These include avoiding certain types of driver behavior, such as avoiding panic steering (which often follows “oversteering,”) know proper maneuvering, Tire Pressure and Loading Limits, and Use Caution On Rural Roads.
Other dynamics, such as vehicle loading dynamics and vehicle design, can also lead some vehicles to be more prone to rolling over than others.
As with any other type of crash, wearing a seatbelt is one way to reduce the possibility of experiencing serious injury. This is especially so with rollover accidents, as one of the most adverse outcomes is if a occupant is ejected (i.e. thrown) from the vehicle. Often, such ejections lead to serious accident injuries, if not fatalities.
Other safety measures for potentially preventing rollover crash injuries include air bags and other technologies like stability control and ABS systems.
Due to the seriousness of rollover accidents and the accompanying injuries, there are many steps one should take if one is involved in a rollover accident. Broadly speaking, these steps can be categorized into medical and legal issues.
From a medical perspective, protecting one’s health is critical. As further discussed on the “Getting A Medical Exam After A DuPage County Accident” page, there are many reasons – even if one doesn’t think one has been (seriously) injured – to get a thorough medical exam following a vehicle accident.
As stated on the page:
There are various examples of those who later have serious health issues because they did not receive an adequate health inspection and appropriate treatment following a vehicle accident.
Among injuries that may not be immediately apparent after an accident include traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as internal bleeding.
From a legal standpoint, there are various recommended steps one should take following a vehicle accident. These steps are further discussed on the “10 Steps To Take After A DuPage County Accident.” One of these steps is to talk with a personal injury attorney, especially one who is experienced in handling vehicle accident cases. This discussion is best done (very) promptly following an accident, in order to best protect one’s legal rights and otherwise maximize the potential for one to maximize accident injury compensation.
Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois vehicle accident personal injury lawsuits for over 20 years. Over this time period, we have handled over 10,000 personal injury cases. We have established a reputation for our court trial performance. This performance often has proven especially valuable to our clients.
Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, offers a free consultation to discuss vehicle accident injuries and other harm that occurred. He can also discuss how much your case may be worth, and legal remedies for getting this compensation. Tony Elman can be reached at (773) 392-8182.
Elman Law Group works on Illinois personal injury cases on a contingency basis — this means that clients are not charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.