A man is dead and a woman in serious condition after a rollover crash on Interstate 15, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol’s recent report. The 19-year-old unidentified male and 18-year-old female were traveling north about five miles from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a 1997 Pathfinder when the car’s tires left the roadway. The driver overcorrected and swerved across the highway before hitting the median and rolling over into the oncoming southbound traffic. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital and the woman remains in serious condition. Both victims were from Lincoln, Nebraska.
What Causes Rollover Crashes?
Rollover crashes are more likely to happen under certain circumstances and with certain vehicles. While typical sedans do not usually roll over easily, new SUVs and light trucks have much higher rates of rollover due to the difference in their centers of gravity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that rollovers account for 33 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities, while rollover accidents make up only two percent of all fatal accidents. This means that rollover accidents are more likely to cause fatality than other types of crashes.
About 85 percent of rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents and nearly half involve alcohol. This means that the drivers of these vehicles play an important role in the outcome of the crash. Understanding how rollovers occur and how to avoid them is very important, particularly if you have an SUV or light truck. Besides avoiding alcohol, wearing a seatbelt is the most important thing you can do to avoid death or injury in a rollover. Drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt make up nearly three-quarters of all fatalities in rollover crashes.
What If I Am The Victim of a Rollover Crash?
If you are injured in a rollover accident, it is very important that you understand how to protect your rights and how to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses. The personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson are happy to help you with your case; give us a call today for a free consultation. Depending on the circumstances of your crash, you may be entitled to recover payments for your expenses. Our attorneys will help you understand the law as it pertains to your case and will negotiate for you with insurance companies and others who may try to deny you compensation.