Rollover car accidents are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents, leading to catastrophic injuries and death. A fatal rollover car accident resulted in two people being injected and one person dying on Christmas Eve. Both car occupants were from Weir, Kansas, but the car accident occurred near Jasper, Missouri.
On Christmas Eve, local law enforcement received alerts of a car accident in Jasper, Missouri, along State Route H/Thorn Road. Investigators discovered that a 1999 Dodge truck was traveling eastbound when it crashed after driving off the road, ejecting the two residents who were not wearing seatbelts. The passenger was declared dead at the accident scene, and the driver was transported to the hospital with severe injuries. This accident demonstrates how dangerous rollover car accidents can be.
Why are Rollover Car Accidents More Dangerous?
Rollover car accidents are hazardous because of the force involved in this type of collision. During a rollover car accident, the vehicle’s weight shifts when an outside force causes a car truck to flip over on its side or roll onto the roof. In many rollover car accidents, including the one mentioned above, a vehicle rolls multiple times. When vehicles complete multiple full rotations on the ground before stopping, the occupants experience a tremendous amount of force.
Typically, when passengers are not wearing seat belts, they will die from their injuries during rollover collisions. Even when the vehicle occupants are wearing seatbelts, they can still suffer catastrophic injuries or die from the accident. When cars make a full rotation, the tops of the vehicles can become crushed in, crushing the occupants. When emergency personnel cannot access the car’s interior due to the crushed tin roof, they may not be able to transport the victims to the hospital in time for treatment.
Causes of Rollover Car Accidents
A variety of circumstances can cause rollover car accidents. In some cases, the vehicle tips after a driver make a quick movement. When a driver swerves out of the way of an object or swerves to avoid colliding with the car in front, the center of gravity changes in the vehicle can flip. In other cases, another vehicle will clip the corner of the vehicle in front, causing the first vehicle to swerve and roll over. Many rollovers are caused by a driver who was intoxicated, speeding or driving recklessly.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries in a Rollover Accident
Have you become injured in a rollover accident? Has your loved one died in a rollover car accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Under Missouri and Kansas laws, the victim of a car accident has a right to sue the at-fault party whose negligence or recklessness caused the accident. The sooner you speak to an experienced car accident lawyer, the better. Contact Griggs Injury Law today to schedule your free initial consultation.