Rollovers & New Mexico Car Accident Deaths
Rollovers are much more likely to result in serious injury or death. In order to recover lost compensation, victims and their loved ones have to determine who is at fault for the accident. In a majority of cases, rollovers only involve a single vehicle. When this is the case, passengers may be eligible to pursue a suit against the driver of the car.
Reckless Drivers Can Cause Rollovers
Rollovers often involve drivers who are acting recklessly, failing to follow the rules of the road. Unsafe drivers run the risk of causing a rollover and injuring their passengers. These behaviors could include impairment, which causes drivers to behave recklessly and put others in danger. A majority of those arrested for intoxication are repeat offenders.
In some cases, the car veers from its lane, crossing the road, and sometimes even leaving the road completely. Rollovers are likely to happen when a car leaves the roadway and enters an adjacent embankment. Driving into an embankment is a sure-fire way to cause a rollover. Drivers and their passengers may be ejected from the vehicle, resulting in significant injuries and other related damages.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for passengers involved in a rollover crash to be pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics.
When a driver is traveling at an unsafe speed, they are more likely to cause a rollover, especially if they are traveling around a curve too quickly and lose control of the vehicle. Vehicles that are top-heavy, like SUVs, buses, and trucks, are usually more at risk of a rollover in the event of a crash. However, any car can rollover under the appropriate circumstances.
Recently, car manufacturers have tried to improve the roof strength of vehicles to prevent fatal rollover crashes, but there are still significant risks when someone is traveling in a car that happens to roll over. The best rollover prevention measure is following safety practices and obeying roadway laws, including posted speed limits. If drivers fail to do so, they may harm their passengers or others on the roadway. If this happens, these reckless drivers can be held legally responsible for damages associated with the accident.
Rollover Accidents in Albuquerque
A majority of rollovers involve routine driving, accounting for 90% of fatal rollovers. Speeding is cited as a factor in 40% of rollover collisions. 75% of deadly rollover crashes happen on roadways with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or greater.
Rollover collisions particularly happen to SUVs, vans, pickup trucks, and other high occupancy vehicles due to their tall and narrow design. Passengers are often ejected from the vehicle in the event of a rollover, causing them to sustain severe injuries. Injured passengers may be able to take legal action against the driver for their negligence after being injured in a crash.
Will Ferguson & Associates has experience helping injured parties recover deserved compensation after a car crash. Our team of experienced Albuquerque rollover crash attorneys will make sure you are never left in the dark, helping you through every step of your case. Contact our law offices at (505) 243-5566 if you have been unfairly injured in a rollover accident.