Not all motor vehicle accidents are created equal. When a vehicle rolls over as a result of an accident the risk of being ejected or thrown from the vehicle is very real. These types of accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, Rollover Crashes (ROCs) account for almost a third of motor vehicle accident-related deaths in the United States.
4 major causes injuries and fatalities in a ROCs
When a vehicle rolls over there are numerous factors that can lead to major injuries and death. Here are the four most common reasons why ROCs are so dangerous:
- Crushed roof: When the roof of a vehicle comes crashing down on the occupants of a vehicle can be crushed or penetrated as well.
- Uncontrolled movements: When a vehicle rolls over it can cause the people inside to move around uncontrollably, causing them to collide with the vehicle or other objects. Unsecured objects, such as laptops, can also make a dangerous situation even worse.
- Complete ejection: When the driver or passengers are thrown from the vehicle the impact of hitting the ground or other objects can cause serious injury or death. Seatbelts have been proven to help decrease the chances of being completely ejected from a vehicle during a ROC.
- Partial ejections: When only part of someone’s body is outside of the vehicle, crushing injuries and amputations can occur.
There are numerous ways that a person can be hurt or killed in a ROC. The above are the four most common causes reported by the National Institute of Health. If involved in an accident that results in a rollover, find out more about your potential right to compensation for your losses.