Recently, a driver in Brockton, MA was issued a ticket as a result of causing a three-car accident. The accident occurred at an intersection when the driver failed to stop at a red light and struck two cars. The impact caused the driver to rollover their vehicle completely until it returned back on its tires. For causing the accident, the driver was cited for running a red light. Fortunately, none of the drivers were injured, however, that is not the case for many Brockton, MA car accidents.
How Do Rollovers Occur?
With the right factors, any vehicle can rollover. Typically, taller vehicles, such as SUVs and vans, are more prone to rolling over than regular passenger vehicles because they have a higher center of gravity, or top-heavy. However, vehicles can rollover from the sheer physical forces of the collision. Sideway forces can throw the car off balance and shift the vehicle’s center of gravity to one side. In addition, these forces increase with speed and momentum, which can rapidly change the direction of the vehicle. In other cases, vehicles can rollover when they swerve and the tires catch on a curb, pothole, or soft ground. There have also been instances where a vehicle swerved and the wheel rim caught on the pavement to cause a rollover.
How Do I Prevent a Rollover?
Safe driving and routine maintenance could increase the chances of preventing a rollover or surviving one if it happens. In addition, newer vehicles tend to have updated safety systems and devices. For examples, new vehicles might be equipped with collision warning systems or additional airbags. One of the most simple and effective ways to prevent injury in a rollover is to wear a seat belt or use the proper restraining device for children. This will keep an occupant in their place and prevent them from being tossed around in the vehicle as it is rolling over. In respect to the vehicle, make sure the tires are properly inflated and ensure that it is not overloaded. Take caution in placing heavy loads on the roof and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for loading the vehicle. As always, follow speed limits, signals and all traffic laws to prevent a rollover car accident and avoid serious injury.
Speak With a Brockton, MA Car Accident Lawyer
From this incident, we see that rollover accidents can happen even around town. It goes without saying that car accidents such as this one can cause serious injury. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced car accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.