Mississippi drivers should know that their interactions with their vehicle, the road and the environment have a lot to do with whether they get in a car crash. Rollovers, which can be some of the most violent crashes, reflect these interactions more than most other types of accidents.
Driver behavior is especially important since 85% of all rollover-related deaths stem from single-vehicle crashes according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Furthermore, the NHTSA states that 90% of the drivers in these fatal single-vehicle crashes were engaged in normal maneuvers like traveling in a straight line or turning a curve at the time of the incident.
Drivers could be in a rollover accident because they were distracted or speeding. Around 40% of fatal rollover crashes involve speeding; it’s a more prominent factor in fatal rollovers than in any other type of fatal car accident.
Nearly half of all fatal rollovers involve alcohol, and it’s not always above the legal limit of .08. Even a drink or two can put drivers at risk because it impairs their judgment and slows their reactions.
Vehicle type and location also factor into rollovers. Tall, narrow vehicles like SUVs and trucks are more liable to roll over. Rural roads see many fatal rollovers.
When motor vehicle collisions involve two or more drivers, those who are injured through little or no fault of their own may pursue a personal injury case. With a lawyer, victims may be able to prepare a case and achieve a fair settlement covering their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other monetary and non-monetary losses. The lawyer may negotiate on their behalf, and if a settlement cannot be achieved, he or she might litigate.