Kane County Rollover Accidents

Rollover Accidents In Kane County

In Kane County, there have been a numerous rollover crashes in the 2015 and in 2016.  Many of these recent rollover accidents have been summarized in this site.   Car crashes involving rollovers occurred in Huntley and Batavia; truck accidents that involved trucks rolling over happened in Batavia, unincorporated Kane County, and Pingree Grove.

Rollover accidents often exhibit one or more characteristics.  Rollover accidents may be more prone to happen in rural parts of Kane County – as opposed to other Chicago area locations – as rollover accidents are more likely to happen on rural roads.  This facet is highlighted on the safercar.gov (NHTSA) page titled “Use Caution on Rural Roads.”  As stated on the page, which also has an animation of a car going off of a two-lane highway and then rolling over:

Rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads and highways—particularly undivided, two-way roads or divided roads with no barriers. When a vehicle goes off a rural road, the vehicle can overturn when it strikes a ditch or embankment, or is tripped by soft soil. Nearly 75% of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas, so practice caution when driving on rural roads.

As for “tripping,” as mentioned in the above description, types of rollover accidents are often referred to as either “tripped” or “untripped.”  Safercar.gov explains these Types of Rollovers as:

Tripped Rollovers

NHTSA data show that 95% of single-vehicle rollovers are tripped . This happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, digging its tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail. The high tripping force applied to the tires in these situations can cause the vehicle to roll over.

Of the tripped rollovers, types of tripped rollovers are further explained (and animated examples are provided of) as:

  • Soft soil
  • Guardrail
  • Steep Slope

Un-Tripped Rollovers

The other type of rollover is “Untripped.”  This is described as:

Un-tripped rollovers are less common than tripped rollovers, occurring less than 5% of the time, and mostly to top-heavy vehicles. Instead of an object serving as a tripping mechanism, un-tripped rollovers usually occur during high-speed collision avoidance maneuvers.

Reasons For Rollover Accidents

There are various factors that determine whether a rollover accident occurs.  These factors include driver behavior, vehicle type, vehicle loading, tire inflation, type of roadway, and speed.

Consumer Reports has a page titled “Car rollover 1o1” in which many aspects of rollovers are discussed, including why rollovers happen; vehicle design; car rollover testing; and the “roof rule.”

One aspect of rollovers is particularly interesting, and is seen under the Safercar.gov Rollover Causes page:

NHTSA data also suggest that over 90% of the vehicles in fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes were involved in routine driving maneuvers (going straight or negotiating a curve) at the time of the crash. This further suggests that driver behavior (distraction, inattentiveness, speeding, and impaired driving) plays a significant role in rollover crashes.

Avoiding Rollover Accidents

As for how to avoid rollover accidents, there are many steps one can take to minimize, if not dramatically reduce, the possibility of being in such a crash.  Avoiding behaviors such as excessive speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, drunken driving and other impairments are all ways to reduce the possibility of being in a rollover accident.

As one can imagine, due to the various physics and speeds typically associated with a rollover accident, injuries during a rollover crash can be numerous.  Many of these injuries are serious in nature, and can easily be “life-threatening.”

One aspect of a rollover accident that can dramatically increase the severity of accident injuries, as well a as the possibility of a fatality, is whether a vehicle occupant is ejected from the vehicle during the rollover.  When someone is ejected from a vehicle, it means that they are either partially or fully thrown from the vehicle.

A 2014 study titled “Factors Affecting Ejection Risk in Rollover Crashes” discusses various aspects of rollover crashes in which ejections occur.  This study also cites numerous statistics and shows their associated charts.  It also discusses various factors that reduce and/or eliminate the risk of occupant ejection during a rollover crash.  While various factors are cited, the foremost factor cited to reduce ejection risk is seatbelt use.  As seen in the study:

Seatbelt use was found to reduce the risk of partial ejection and virtually eliminate the risk of complete ejection.

What You Should Do If Involved In An Accident

Should you be in a vehicle accident – such as a rollover accident – there are various recommended steps that you should take.  There are two general areas which you should act to protect.  These areas are protecting your health and protecting your legal rights, which include the potential ability to collect compensation for your accident injuries.

As for protecting your health, in any vehicle accident with injuries, injuries will be either be apparent and/or unapparent.  While many people will seek medical treatment for apparent injuries, there are many reasons why you should have a comprehensive medical examination even if you don’t think you were injured.  This is because certain types of accident injuries – some serious, if not life-threatening in nature – may be unapparent at the time of the accident, and perhaps even significantly after the accident.  While there are various types of these injuries for which symptoms may be delayed, such injuries include head trauma, including, but not limited to, concussions.

As for protecting your legal rights, you will want to protect your rights, including attaining potential compensation for accident injuries and other harm that were incurred through the actions and/or negligence of others. Many people believe that the best way to do this is to have the case handled by an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, offers a free legal consultation to those who have been injured in a vehicle accident.  During this consultation, he can discuss the process needed to get accident injury compensation, and also indicate how much your case may be worth.  Tony Elman can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.

The Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois vehicle accident injury cases for over 20 years.  During this time, the firm has handled 10,000+ personal injury cases.  Elman Law Group has been successful in getting clients attractive amounts of compensation through both settlements as well as through court trials.  This success has involved a broad range of lawsuit types and sizes.

Elman Law Group works on personal injury cases on a contingency basis — meaning that clients are not charged legal fees unless and until the client receives accident compensation.