Today we read in The Olympian about a rollover car accident at the intersection of Capitol Way and Sid Snyder at around 3:15pm. Three people were injured in the accident but luckily, it seems that their injuries are not life-threatening and they were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for treatment.
Rollover car accidents don’t happen all that often and when they do, so this accident caught our eyes because the accident happened at a relatively slow speed. Rollover car accidents are typically the result of:
- Driving at high speed — higher speeds increase the chances of a rollover accident. Only 3% of rollover accidents in passenger vehicles occur at speeds of less than 30 miles per hour.
- A car speeding and hitting then tripping over a fixed object like a curb
- A car crossing a slope or a ditch
- A tire blow out
- A car driving at excessive speeds for the road conditions and losing control while driving on a curve or cornering.
We were surprised to see that the accident in Olympia occurred as a result of a T-bone or intersection collision. Even the Olympia Deputy Fire Chief Greg Wright was surprised that the collision caused a rollover. He said, “The dynamics were just right and every once in awhile we’ll get one of those in-city low speed streets where you wouldn’t expect to get rollovers.”
Regardless of the cause, rollover accidents can be really dangerous to the occupants inside the vehicle. Every year, more than 10,000 vehicle passengers are killed in rollover car accidents.
When a car rolls over, the occupants are likely to be thrown about and strike door jams, steering wheels and dash with their body. People can also be injured when objects in the car go flying around in the rollover.
Role of Seat Belts
In the case of a rollover accident, seat belts really do save lives! They prevent the occupants from hitting the roof of the car or being thrown from the vehicle and maybe even being rolled over by the car.
In the last few years, vehicle manufacturers have been paying more attention to vehicle roof strength. Previously, in a rollover crash, if a car’s roof was not strong, it would be crushed in a rollover accident , seriously injuring or killing the occupants inside. Today, cars are designed with “occupant survival space” which means that the roof won’t be crushed so much that people are crushed as well.
Hiring a Lawyer After a Rollover Accident
Often, victims of rollover accident suffer serious injuries which leave the injured with huge medical bills, and makes them unable to work until they have recovered. If you or a loved one has been so seriously injured in an auto accident so that you are unable to work, an injury law attorney will help you with your claim and insure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages and for your pain and suffering.
If you have questions about your a possible car accident claim, Herbert Farber, the founder of The Farber Law Group, is happy to answer your questions. We can set up a meeting with you and answer your questions at no cost to you. Call us today at 1-800-244-9087 or use our contact form. Our office is located in downtown Bellevue.