Some of the most dangerous and horrific accidents in Houston, Texas, are vehicle rollovers. These accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. Many rollovers involve just one vehicle, while others can involve multiple vehicles depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Vehicle rollovers can happen in only one of two ways; tripped or un-tripped. That’s it. Now, there are a handful of different types of tripped rollover accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 95 percent of single-vehicle rollovers are considered tripped accidents. This is when the vehicle veers off the roadway and gets its tires stuck in the mud or hits a guardrail or other object. The force of tripping applied to the tires can cause the vehicle to roll.
The first type of tripped vehicle rollover is the steep slope rollover. This occurs when a vehicle is traveling down a steep hill and it begins to pick up speed. Next, the driver might misjudge the steepness of the hill while attempting a right turn. These combinations can cause the vehicle to overturn.
The second type of tripped vehicle rollover involves a guardrail. This occurs when a vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed, veers off the road and careens towards to the guardrail. As the driver tries to avoid the guardrail, the front of the car strikes it, sending it up the rail much like a ramp, ultimately flipping it over.
The third and final type of tripped vehicle rollover involves soft soil. This accident occurs when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed veers off the road and tries to recover by steering in the other direction. Because of the soft soil, the sudden movements cause the vehicle to rollover.
Untripped rollovers occur at high rates of speed and typically when a driver tries to conduct a collision avoidance maneuver.
Rollover accidents are horrific. They can cause thousands of dollars in damage and serious injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident, the experienced attorneys from our firm can help you understand more about seeking compensation.