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rollover accidentThere are many different types of cars on the road – from sports cars, to sedans, to sports utility vehicles. Most people think that the bigger the car is, the safer it is. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Sports utility vehicles, commonly referred to as SUVs, and pickup trucks carry the highest risk of rollover accidents.

Every year many people in America suffer catastrophic injuries or are killed as a result of SUV rollover accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in an SUV or pickup truck rollover, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County SUV rollover accident attorney to protect your legal rights.

What Is a Rollover Accident?

A rollover accident is one in which a vehicle, generally an SUV, truck or pickup truck, flips over onto its roof or side. Rollovers are the primary cause of death in SUV accidents and the second (after head-on collisions) of car accident related deaths overall. If an SUV rollover accident does not result in death, it will no doubt result in serious or catastrophic injuries.

Factors Contributing to Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents can happen as a result of many different things. Below are some common factors that contribute to rollover accidents:

  • Unstable, top-heavy vehicles. SUVs, pickup trucks and vans are comparatively taller vehicles with a high center of gravity. The increased height and weight of these types of cars makes them less stable than smaller vehicles.
  • Jerking the steering wheel and hitting “trips”. Most rollover accidents happen when the driver has to make a sharp and sudden jerk of the steering wheel or hits a “trip” like a curb or median.
  • Accidents involving multi-accidents. When more than two vehicles are involved in an accident, there is a greater likelihood that point of impact will be to the side of the vehicle. Rollovers are more likely to happen when the vehicle is struck on its side, as opposed to the back.
  • Harsh weather (such as snow, ice and wet weather). Bad weather conditions create a greater chance that a motor vehicle accident will occur, especially a rollover accident. For example, when an SUV or pickup truck skids on a wet, slippery road, it will most likely cause it to also rollover.

Common SUV Rollover Accident Injuries

Rollover accidents often involve catastrophic injuries and even fatalities. Common injuries suffered by SUV rollover accident victims include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries
  • Injuries to the spine and back
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Internal bleeding

Consult with an Orange County SUV Rollover Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a SUV rollover accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.