Grand Junction SUV Rollover Attorneys
Were You Injured in a Crash That Wasn’t Your Fault?
Colorado is famous for its mountain highways and off-road recreational areas, and a lot of people here drive SUVs and all-terrain vehicles. Families prefer them because they offer additional space and have the aura of safety. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles are prone to rolling over in the event of a collision, which can endanger the lives of everyone inside.
A rollover is much more likely to result in severe, life-threatening injuries than a rear-end collision. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a rollover accident, you need an experienced Grand Junction car accident lawyer with the resources to advocate on your behalf. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have decades of combined experience handling complicated cases and a track record of success when it comes to recovering money for our clients.
Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is a Rollover Accident?
A rollover is a particular kind of motor vehicle crash in which the vehicle rolls over onto its side or roof. Because of their violent nature, rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of collisions. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the more than 9.1 million crashes in 2010, just over 2% involved a rollover. Yet these accidents caused almost 35% of all passenger vehicle fatalities in that same time span.
Rollover crashes can be broken down into four main categories:
- Turn rollovers happen when a vehicle is moving too quickly through a turn and loses its grip on the road, flipping over as a result.
- Ramp rollovers take place when one side of the vehicle goes up a sharp incline and turns the whole vehicle onto its side.
- Skid rollovers can happen on rough terrain or when the road is slick, causing the vehicle to slide out and flip.
- Spin rollovers take place when a vehicle collides with a stationary or slower-moving object, starts to spin violently, and then rolls over.
These types of rollovers should be distinguished from cars that flip over as the result of falling down an incline. Interstates and highways are often raised up and have ditches or fall-offs beyond the shoulder to allow for runoff during rainstorms and avoid flooded roads. When a vehicle falls down the incline, it can easily flip over.
What Causes Most Rollovers?
In some cases, a rollover may not be the fault of the vehicle. For instance, aggressive driving, driving too fast, or driver distraction can lead to violent collisions, including rollovers. Poor weather conditions, especially ice, rain, and snow, also can be a contributing factor. In other cases, poor and degraded road conditions make a rollover more likely: potholes, uneven pavement, sudden drop-offs, and more.
However, when an SUV has a design flaw, it may be more prone to flipping over when it shouldn’t.
What Types of Defects Lead to Rollovers?
Certain types of vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others. This is often the result of a poorly designed vehicle that wasn’t adequately tested (or the testing results were ignored). SUVs and other outdoors-style vehicles frequently have a higher center of gravity. Any type of sharp turn or sudden collision can lead to a rollover in these vehicles.
Other defects include faulty tires, braking issues, failed suspension, and more.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a rollover accident, you deserve to have the events fully investigated to determine whether your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’re committed to representing victims against bad faith insurance companies and irresponsible automobile manufacturers. Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 to discuss the full range of options open to you.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.