A “rollover” is a type of vehicle accident in which the vehicle tips over onto its side or roof. Because of the severe impact crash of these accidents, rollovers often result in death or serious injury. Rollover accidents can occur from colliding with another vehicle, curb, median, etc., or from speed, friction with the ground, and loss of steering control. Rollovers cause the vehicle to become unstable, then causing the vehicle to turn over.
In the evening of Sunday, November 24th, a rollover crash in Stephenson County left one person dead and another injured, according to NBC 13. According to the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred on Galena Rd., west of Pin Hook Rd. The car in the accident hit a culvert, causing it to go air born and land on the driver’s side. Such a serious rollover crash resulted in the driver being pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger being airlifted to the hospital.
Similarly, according to the Chicago Tribune, another rollover crash on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago left one dead and two injured on the early morning of November 29th. Occurring near West Lawrence Avenue, a Mercedes Benz lost control and struck a center median, causing the car to roll over. After the crash, police then had to block off traffic at West Wilson Avenue.
Another two-vehicle rollover crash on the Dan Ryan took a life on November 13th, according to NBC 5. The rear of two southbound traveling cars struck the car in front of it. The front vehicle then spun and struck a concrete-barrier wall, resulting in no injuries. However, the rear car, an SUV, veered off the roadway and up an embankment, causing it to roll over. The individual in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. This resulted in three lanes of the Dan Ryan to be closed for approximately four hours.
However, rollover crashes are not just limited to cars and other smaller vehicles, but are just as dangerous to truck drivers as well. Hazardous conditions and/or negligent driving of others pose a threat to all drivers. Rollover crashes cause fatalities in truck accidents too. These too often result in serious injuries and fatalities to drivers and/or passengers. Recently, on November 13th, the Bridgeview Fire Department reported to the scene of a tanker truck rollover on Interstate 294 near 95th Street.
If you, or a loved one, have been the victim of a rollover crash as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to hold any and all wrongdoers accountable for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. Personal injury lawsuits help victims recover fair and reasonable compensation for the harms caused to them. Legal action also raises public awareness surrounding issues such as roll-over crashes, thereby making Illinois roadways safer for all of us.