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A rollover accident is one of the most serious crashes you can get into. A rollover occurs when a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof. These crashes tend to involve just one vehicle. A rollover can happen at any speed.

While rollovers are not very common, they are very deadly. More than 10,000 people are killed in these crashes every year. Most of these fatalities occur because the occupants are not wearing seatbelts and they are ejected from the vehicle.

If you have been involved in a rollover accident, it’s important to understand the cause and whether or not you are entitled to compensation. Contact Allen Law Firm today and see how our lawyers can help you get the outcome you desire.

Causes of Rollover Accidents

Any vehicle can roll over, but SUVs and pickup trucks face a higher risk since they have a high center of gravity. They also have relatively narrower track widths than passenger cars and are more likely to be driven on rural roads, where most rollovers occur. But while vehicle type does play a significant role in rollover accidents, driver error, road conditions, and equipment failure can also contribute to these crashes.

Generally, rollover accidents tend to occur when a vehicle:

  • Trips over an object. Hitting a curb, guardrail, or uneven pavement can cause a vehicle to flip over.
  • Turns too quickly. A driver making a sharp turn around a curve can cause a vehicle to flip over, especially if it has a high center of gravity.
  • Falls down an embankment. Going off the road and down a hill or embankment can lead to a rollover.
  • Gets hit from the side by another vehicle. The impact from getting hit by another vehicle can cause your car to flip over.

Driver error is the most common cause of rollover accidents. Some types of driver error include:

  • Fatigue. When a driver is tired or drowsy, they may close their eyes long enough to hit another vehicle or go off the road, causing their vehicle to flip over.
  • Distracted driving. Distractions can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road and hit a curb or other object.
  • Intoxication. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause a driver to suffer from reduced judgment and slower reaction times, making accidents likely.
  • Lack of driving experience. A novice driver may engage in oversteering and other actions that can cause a vehicle to roll over.
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo. Too much stuff inside a vehicle can create an imbalance and cause a vehicle to tip over.

Contact Allen Law Firm Today

Rollover accidents can be deadly. If you or a loved one has been affected, seek legal help right away.

Allen Law Firm can help you move on after such a serious accident. We’ll give you the advice you need for your specific situation. Schedule a free consultation with a Monterey rollover accidents lawyer today. Call (831) 901-3901 or fill out the online form.

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