Rollover accidents are somewhat uncommon, but when they occur they are often deadly. Studies indicate that almost one-third of highway vehicle fatalities can be blamed on rollover incidents. When a car, sport-utility vehicle (SUV), or light truck is involved in a rollover crash, the odds are about 50 percent there will be fatal injury; for heavy trucks, that chance rises to 60 percent.
One of the key reasons why rollovers so often are linked to catastrophic or deadly injuries is due to ejection. Rollover accidents are more likely than any other to eject a driver or passenger from the vehicle, and that means an unprotected body is likely to come into contact—at high speed—with the roadway or stationary objects.
A properly functioning safety restraint system should prevent ejection during a rollover accident. Failing to wear a seat belt is the most common reason why a rollover can eject a person from a car, but defects in the automobile—defective seats or seat belts, windows, or doors—can sometimes permit ejection.
Ejection crashes in North Carolina are associated with a wide variety of injuries, including:
- Lacerations, cuts, and road burn
- Internal organ ruptures, including kidney, liver, and spleen damage
- Fractured bones and joint injuries, especially limbs
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Traumatic head injuries
This Is Gonna Hurt
When a passenger or driver remains inside a vehicle as it rolls over, the types of injuries that occur are somewhat different. In contrast with ejected riders, it is acceleration forces rather than impact which predominately cause injuries. Head and thorax (chest) injuries are the most common serious results.
Some of the frequent injuries for riders who remain in their vehicles include:
- Fractures, especially in the thorax and abdomen, such as broken ribs and broken collarbones
- Internal organ injuries, often in conjunction with broken bones; for example, lacerated or punctured lung due to broken ribs
- Pneumothorax and hemothorax, accumulations of (respectively) air or blood in the chest cavity
- Neck and head trauma and associated brain injuries due to rotation and contact with the interior ceiling when the vehicle comes to a rest
Recovery After a Rollover Accident
Rollover automobile accidents in North Carolina are complex events and require a thorough investigation to determine exactly how they were caused—investigations that law enforcement officers rarely have the time to carry out. Fortunately, the Wilmington car wreck lawyers at Speaks Law Firm excel at figuring out who was at fault when someone was injured in a serious North Carolina car crash—whether it was a negligent driver, a road repair crew that left debris on the highway, or an auto mechanic or car manufacturer who cleared a defective vehicle for release.
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, or if a close relative was killed in such an incident, you have a moral duty to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her negligence. Call 877-593-4233 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Only a complete investigation and recovery of fair compensation for your losses can bring you closure.