A rollover is one of the most frightening accidents any driver can have. Passengers in the vehicle who have nothing to hold onto are especially vulnerable to serious injury or death.
A driving maneuver is usually not to blame for a single-vehicle rollover. An investigation may prove the cause your accident was something as simple as a pothole in the road.
How rollovers occur
Many rollovers happen when a vehicle “trips” over something, as when the tires come in contact with a curb, soft shoulder or defect in the pavement. Your SUV wheels collided with a pothole. The accident happened during a rainstorm when you did not see the pothole until it was directly in front of you. When your wheel hit it, your SUV leaned to the side and the tire that struck the hole deformed, causing an extreme vehicle tip-up.
Most vulnerable vehicles
A rollover can happen to any kind of vehicle, given the right conditions. However, due to their higher center of gravity, those that are tall and narrow like SUVs, vans and pickup trucks are more susceptible than other vehicles to this kind of accident.
Always check your tires for the proper amount of air before starting out. Wear your seatbelt, and make sure your passengers wear theirs. In a rollover situation, seatbelts can keep everyone from being tossed around and possibly ejected from the vehicle. Check your load; do not put heavy items on the roof of the vehicle. Instead, secure them inside as close to the center as possible. Check your speed, as well. The government reports that excessive speed is to blame for about 40 percent of all rollover crashes.
Where liability lies
Who was responsible for maintaining the pavement where your rollover occurred? You may be able to hold the city, state or county liable for your accident and any resulting injuries. There will be a time limit for filing a claim against a local government or government agency, so do not delay in exploring your legal options.