Rollover Accidents: Causes, Prevention, and Seeking Compensation

rollover accidents can cause severe injuries and fatalities

Rollover accidents, a type of car crash where a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof, are a significant concern on our roads today. These accidents often result in severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities. Below, our Decatur car accident lawyers explore the causes of rollover accidents, preventative measures, and the process of seeking compensation in Georgia.

If you have been hurt in an accident anywhere in Georgia, contact the Weinstein Firm for a free case review.

Causes of Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents can be attributed to various factors, including driver behavior, risky maneuvers, and multi-vehicle crashes. Let’s delve deeper into these causes:

Driver Behavior

Driver behavior is a critical factor in rollover accidents. Distractions such as talking on a cell phone, eating, or drinking can lead to a loss of control, resulting in a rollover. It’s essential to maintain focus and correct hand placement on the wheel at all times to prevent such incidents.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) report for 2020, distracted driving was a cause of 3,142 fatalities in 2020, 396 of which involved the use of a cell phone.

Risky Maneuvers

Risky maneuvers, such as taking turns at high speeds or swerving, can also lead to rollovers. As a vehicle turns, its weight shifts to the outside of the corner. If the vehicle turns the other way as the weight is moving back, it can amplify the effect of the center of gravity shifting. This sudden shift can cause the vehicle to tip over, resulting in a rollover accident.

Multi-Vehicle Crashes

While most rollovers are single-vehicle accidents, multi-vehicle rollovers do occur. These can happen when a vehicle hits a slippery patch and slides, but then suddenly regains grip, causing the center of gravity to move too far to the side. This sudden shift can cause the vehicle to tip over, leading to a multi-vehicle rollover accident.

multi-vehicle crashes are a common cause of rollovers

Prevention of Rollover Accidents

Preventing a rollover isn’t something you should think about only when you’re in imminent danger. Effective prevention starts before you even start the engine. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent rollover accidents.

Watch Your Speed

Speeding is the most common cause of rollover accidents. Obey the speed limits and take it slow around corners. Remember, the faster you go, the harder it is to control your vehicle.

Avoid Distractions

Inattention is the second biggest factor, contributing to 23 percent of rollovers. Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone or texting. Remember, your primary task while driving is to keep your eyes on the road.

Get Adequate Rest

Driving while fatigued is unacceptable. Ensure you are well-rested before hitting the road. Fatigue can slow reaction time and can lead to poor decision-making.

Check Your Vehicle and Cargo

Make sure to check your users’ manual for the recommended weight limit. Overloading your vehicle or improperly distributing the cargo can make your vehicle unstable. An unstable vehicle is more likely to tip over, leading to a rollover accident.

Stay Healthy

Maintaining good health can help you stay alert and focused while driving. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can contribute to better overall health, which can improve your driving skills.

Seeking Compensation in Georgia

If you’ve been involved in a rollover accident in Decatur, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that your compensation may be reduced if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident. If you are found to be 50% or more at fault, you will not be eligible to receive any compensation.

Call Our Decatur Car Accident Lawyers Today

Rollover accidents can have devastating consequences, but they are often preventable. By understanding the causes and taking steps to prevent these accidents, we can make our roads safer. If you are involved in a rollover accident in Georgia, it’s important to understand your rights and the process of seeking compensation. 

Reach out to our Decatur car accident lawyers at the Weinstein Firm to ensure you are taking the right steps towards recovery and justice. You can contact our law firm at 770-HELP-NOW anytime 24/7 for a free case review.

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