New Orleans Rollover Accident Attorney
Call (504) 265-1600 to Learn If You Have a Case
Rollover crashes are the official term for
auto accidents in which a car turns onto its side or its roof. The primary physical cause
for rollover accidents is that sideways force is applied to a vehicle
(usually tall one), causing it to lose traction on two of its tires and
turn out of control.
Rollover accidents are, tragically, among the most fatal car accident types
ever studied. Rollover accidents account for between a fifth and a third
of vehicle fatalities overall, despite
only making up 2% of accidents (NHTSA).
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
The nature and cause of the sideways force varies from accident to accident,
but here’s how it normally happens: a driver will be traveling at
a high speed when they make a sudden turn. The sharp angle of the turn
and the weight and speed of the vehicle causes it to roll over while in
motion, with its forward momentum carrying it into a full roll.
The NHTSA has found that most rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents—however,
that does not mean a rollover was the driver’s fault. Electronic
stability systems are designed to stabilize against the sideways forces
that cause rollovers, while tires are designed to grip the road and prevent
separation. Additionally, highways should be maintained to prevent debris
from “tripping” top-heavy vehicles.
Tire blowouts are a common reason for these sudden swerving maneuvers.
Unless they’re trained stunt drivers, most car owners don’t
know how to handle a sudden tire blowout at-speed. They often oversteer
to make up for the lost tire, turn the wrong direction, and cause their
car to roll out of control.
When automakers or municipal authorities fail to do their jobs well, it
can cause a rollover accident. If negligence caused your accident, then
you may be entitled to compensation for your medical care, your loss of
wages, your pain and mental anguish, and more. The Cossé Law Firm
LLC knows how to uncover the truth and find out who is
really to blame for your crash.
If you or a loved one was recently in a rollover accident, call our New
Orleans car accident attorney at (504) 265-1600 today. We can investigate
your case and find out what caused your injuries and pain.