Despite overall improvements in traffic safety over the last few decades, rollover crashes continue to be a major source of death and injury on the roads and highways of the United States and in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. This threat is related to the nature of the crashes and to the vehicles involved in them, according to statistics from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Growing Incidence of Rollover Crashes in RI
Based on NHTSA data, only three percent of the traffic accidents occurring in the United States in 2000 involved the vehicle rolling over on or rolling off the road. Nevertheless, almost one in three of the fatal crashes during the same year were of this type of accident.
Although occupant deaths in rollovers involving passenger cars actually declined during the last decade of the 20th century, fatalities in rollover crashes involving light trucks significantly increased during the same period of time. The increase in fatal rollover crashes was particularly noticeable in accidents involving sport utility vehicles, which in the NHTSA study were classified as trucks. In fact, the number of SUV rollover crashes that resulted in fatalities more than doubled during the decade starting in 1990. The NHTSA attributes the rise in the number of fatal rollover accidents to the increase in the number of light trucks on the road rather than deficiencies in the design and manufacture of these types of vehicles.
The Dangers of a Rollover Accident
The increased risk of death or serious injury in a Rhode Island rollover crash is obviously related to the violent nature of such an accident. However, there are a number facts surrounding rollover crashes that may not be so obvious. Most rollovers are single-vehicle accidents and the vast majority involve the ejection of the occupants from the car or truck. Nearly 75 percent of the victims killed in these accidents were not properly restrained in the vehicle. The drivers of the vehicles involved were overwhelmingly male and under the age of 40, and a significant number of them were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. In nearly half of the rollover crashes, the driver was attempting to avoid an accident and the avoidance maneuver actually contributed to the rollover.
Whether they are drivers or passengers, a victims of a RI and MA rollover accident will probably require proper legal representation in Rhode island and Providence Plantations. It is these individuals who need the assistance of a Massachusetts and Rhode island Personal injury attorney.
Rollover accident information for this account was obtained from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration athttps://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/809438.