Reports reveal that five people, including three juveniles, were injured in a non-fatal rollover accident on Interstate 15. The accident occurred near the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Investigators are still determining what caused the crash, which occurred around 10 a.m.
After the accident, another driver pulled over and transported the injured occupants, a man, a woman and three juveniles, to University Medical Center. They received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
How Do Rollovers Occur?
Research shows that under the right circumstances, a vehicle can roll. Several factors can contribute to or even cause a vehicle to roll over, including:
- Speeding – Statistics show that 40 percent of all fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speed.
- Alcohol use – Statistics show that nearly half of all rollover accidents involve alcohol.
- Vehicle type – Studies show that taller vehicles like SUVs have a higher center of gravity and are more susceptible to rollovers.
- Rural roads – Roads without barriers provide no protection for vehicles that go off the road, increasing the chance of a rollover accident.
Risks Involved in Rollover Accidents
A vehicle rollover is one of the worst types of accidents you can be involved in. While rollover accidents only account for about three percent of all serious traffic accidents, they account for nearly 30 percent of traffic accident deaths. When you are involved in a rollover accident, you face a high risk of being seriously injured and even killed.
While wearing a seat belt will certainly decrease these risks, even those wearing seat belts can be harmed. A seat belt will keep you from being ejected from the vehicle, a common occurrence in rollover accidents. This is because rollover accidents cause the body to be thrown in many different directions. If you are restrained, you will still be moved around, but you will stay inside the vehicle in your protective seat.
Serious injuries received in rollover accidents can be life-changing. From brain injuries to broken bones, the recovery time is likely to be long. If your accident was caused by another driver, you may have grounds to seek compensation for your injuries. When a driver acts in a negligent way, such as drinking and driving, and causes an accident, that person may be held legally liable for any damages that result. This includes your medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering and more.
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, you should consider legal action. The team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas have the resources to help you gather the right type of evidence to prove negligence. When you are able to show the court or insurance company that the other driver was really at fault, you are far more likely to receive fair compensation.