It doesn’t always take two vehicles to cause a life-altering accident. In fact, some of the most common Colorado Springs auto accidents involve single vehicles. These accidents are usually caused by mistakes made by the driver such as falling asleep at the wheel, speeding, or driving under the influence. But not all single-vehicle accidents are the driver’s fault.
Large vehicles like SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans have an incredibly high center of gravity and narrow track width (distance between right and left wheels) which makes them susceptible to rollover crashes. Colorado Springs rollover accidents can often result from safety flaws and manufacturing mistakes or when drivers simply jerk the wheel at highway speeds to avoid road hazards.
We’ve unfortunately been reminded throughout the month of July of the grim dangers of the design of SUVs and larger passenger cars. Days ago, a Trinidad rollover accident took the lives of a senior couple when the driver lost control of his SUV and flipped it multiple times into a ditch. Earlier in the month another rollover crash near Denver ejected the driver and left him seriously injured, and similar incident happened near Boulder when a young woman was ejected in a rollover — tragically her injuries were fatal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that 10,000 people are killed each year in rollover crashes, but they offer suggestions to try and avoid rollovers. First, never over pack your car, the heavier the vehicle the more likely the rollover. Always adjust your driving to match changing conditions in the road, traffic, and weather. Always slow down during turns, since navigating curves is the most likely place to see a rollover, and make sure your tires are properly inflated and not worn. Most importantly, if you are in a rollover accident, if you’re wearing a seatbelt you’re much more likely to survive and avoid more serious injuries.
Colorado Springs Rollover Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an SUV rollover, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover your lost wages, medical bills, and even pain and suffering. But to get the maximum settlement you’ll need the help from a knowledgeable rollover accident attorney. Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers Heuser & Heuser have nearly 30 years of experience representing accident victims throughout Southern Colorado. They know Colorado law, they know rollover accident lawsuits, and they know how to get you the money you deserve after you’ve been injured in a Colorado Springs rollover crash.
Heuser & Heuser are dedicated to serving their clients and tirelessly fighting to see that justice is served. So after your Southern Colorado rollover, contact Heuser & Heuser and let them get started on your case today with a free legal consultation.
Source. The Denver Channel, ‘http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31313859/detail.html,’ Thomas Hendrick, July 28, 2012.
Source. Colorado Connection, ‘http://www.coloradoconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=779966#.UBaVLeFSTB1,’ Jaryd Wilson, July 24, 2012.
Source. How Stuff Works, ‘http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/28002-rollover-accidents-explained.htm,’ 2012.