Know The Factors That Lead to Rollover Crashes in Texas
People who experience a rollover crash know the importance of having a solid roof on their vehicles. Unfortunately, at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we have seen the horrific effects of accidents in Texas in which the automobile’s defect either led to the incident or made the resulting injuries much worse. Knowing the causes of rollover crashes is key to preventing them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, factors such as the speed a vehicle is going and whether or not the driver is impaired have an effect on the likelihood of a rollover accident. Interestingly, certain types of vehicles are also more likely to be involved in this type of crash. The NHTSA notes that vehicles that are tall and narrow, such as vans, pickup trucks and SUVs, may be more susceptible to an incident. The organization recommends taking curves at a reduced speed and understanding the capability of your vehicle under routine driving conditions.
There are other items that could be associated with a devastating crash. For example, Forbes magazine points out that certain brands of tires have been recalled because of their link to rollover accidents. Firestone in particular came under fire at the turn of the century for tires whose tread separated from the tire core, leading to tragic accidents.
Additionally, the roof crush resistance of a vehicle must be up to federal standards. Not even a decade ago, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the NHTSA, among others, lobbied for a more stringent strength-to-weight ratio to be put in place to better protect drivers and their passengers. Unfortunately, not all vehicles on the road currently meet crashworthiness requirements.
If you have been involved in a rollover accident due to someone else’s negligence, including an auto defect, Texas law permits you to take legal recourse. For more information about this topic, please visit our page on defective motor vehicles.