McHenry County Rollover Accidents

Examples Of Rollover Crashes In McHenry County

In McHenry County, there have been a number of recent rollover crashes.  Many of these recent rollover accidents have been summarized in this site.   These crashes occurred in the following locations:

There are various factors and characteristics of rollover accidents.  Rollover accidents may be more prone to happen in McHenry County – as opposed to other Chicago area locations – as rollover accidents are more prone 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 many reasons and factors that determine whether a rollover accident occurs.  Safercar.gov lists, and further describes, Rollover Causes as:

  • Vehicle Type
  • Speed
  • Alcohol
  • Location
  • Routine Driving
  • Single-Vehicle Crashes

While all of these rollover causes are notable, the discussion under “Routine Driving” may be particularly so:

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.

As seen in other sources, there are many other factors that can lead to (or increase the chance of) a rollover accident.  Of note, these other factors are, in many instances, similar to those that increase the risks of other types of vehicle crashes.  Some of these other risk factors include:

  • Excessive vehicle speed
  • Reckless driving
  • Underinflated tires
  • Improper vehicle loading
  • Excessive vehicle loading
  • “Panic steering” including “oversteering”
  • Vehicle design, especially if suboptimal

Avoiding Rollover Accidents

As for avoiding rollover accidents, there are many steps one can take to minimize, if not dramatically reduce, the possibility of being in such a crash.  Avoiding the behaviors mentioned above, such as avoiding excessive speeding and reckless driving, is one way to avoid rollover accidents.

Other behaviors will lessen the severity of accident injuries if one is involved in a rollover collision.  While these behavioral steps are numerous, perhaps the easiest and most prominent way in which to reduce the severity of accident injuries – and to avoid a potentially “life-threatening” accident – is to wear a seat belt.  Wearing a seat belt reduces the possibility of being ejected (i.e. fully or partially thrown from) from the vehicle during the accident.  Avoiding such ejection is very important, as those who have been ejected from vehicles often suffer very traumatic injuries, many of which are life-threatening in nature.

What You Should Do If Involved In An Accident

If you are involved in a vehicle accident – such as a rollover accident – there are various steps that you should take.  Generally speaking, there are two critical areas which you should act to protect.  These areas are:

  • Your health
  • Your legal rights

As far as protecting your health, in any vehicle accident there will be those injuries which are readily apparent, and those that may be unapparent.  While many people may elect to only have a thorough medical examination if they are noticeably injured, 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 not be readily apparent until a significant time after the accident.  Some of these accident injuries include head injuries, including, but not limited to, concussions.  Should you get a concussion or other type of head injury, it is in your best interest to have the situation fully evaluated and receive proper medical treatment for the condition.

As for protecting your legal rights, you will want to protect your rights, including the ability to get compensated for accident injuries that were incurred through the actions and/or negligence of others. Many people believe that the optimal 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 an accident.  He can also discuss how much your case may be worth – and the process for getting this money.  Tony Elman can be reached at (773) 392-8182.  Call anytime.

The Elman Law Group, LLC has been handling Illinois vehicle accident injury cases for 20+ years.  During this time period, Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  The firm has been successful in getting clients attractive amounts of compensation through both settlements as well as 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.