Emergency crews were dispatched to a car crash and rollover in South Lubbock Sunday afternoon around 3:50 p.m. in the area of 82nd Street and Quaker Avenue. The Lubbock Police Department reported serious injuries with at least one person being ejected from a vehicle.
A vehicle is said to have been involved in a rollover crash when it flips on its side or rolls over onto its roof. A rollover crash is violent; and, while vehicle type does play a significant role, other factors – such as driver behavior and road conditions – can also cause or contribute to a vehicle rolling over. In fact, nearly 85% of rollover-related fatalities occur in single-vehicle crashes, meaning only one vehicle was involved in the accident.
What Causes a Vehicle Rollover?
Although rollovers account for only 3% of all motor vehicle accidents, they’re responsible for close to 20% of all roadway fatalities. There are a number of reasons why rollover accidents occur. Common causes and contributing factors include:
- Type of Vehicle: All vehicles can rollover; however, some vehicles are more prone to roll over because of the way they are designed. Taller, narrower vehicles like SUVs, vans, and pickups are more likely to roll due to their high centers of gravity.
- Speed: Approximately 40% of fatal rollover car accidents involve speeding. Almost 75% of fatal rollovers take place on roads with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or higher. Speeding inhibits a driver’s ability to make the sudden changes that can become necessary while driving defensively.
- Road Conditions: Poor road maintenance, inadequate signage, dangerous road construction, severe weather conditions, and other hazards can also contribute to rollover accidents.
- Driving Under the Influence: Almost half of all fatal rollover crashes involve a drunk driver. Even a slight impairment can reduce muscle coordination and reflexes and blur vision, increasing the chances of an affected driver losing control of their vehicle.
- Vehicle Defects: Design or manufacturing defects in motor vehicle component parts – including tires, brakes, steering, lights, and more – can cause rollover collisions. Tire defects are particularly problematic, as they can cause a tire to come loose from the vehicle, causing a rollover.
Lubbock Rollover Crash Lawyers
If you or your loved one has been injured in a rollover, you already know just how devastating these crashes can be. After seeking immediate medical attention, consult with a skilled personal injury lawyer with experience handling rollover cases. The trial attorneys of Liggett Law Group have the experience and skill needed to determine the cause of your rollover and fight for your rights and financial compensation. We will analyze the evidence in your case, explain your options, and more. We’re here to help, so contact us today.