The driver of a pickup truck died in a rollover accident that took place on a southbound on-ramp for I-805 in Chollas View, according to California Highway Patrol reports. The unidentified 32-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle when he slammed into a guardrail and flipped. A Toyota Matrix then crashed into the truck. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene, while the Matrix driver suffered major injuries. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
While rollover crashes are not the most common type of crash, they are a leading cause of vehicular death. Safercar.gov, a government-sponsored website, notes that rollovers account for about a third of all driver and passenger deaths while these accidents account for less than 10 percent of total crashes. Additionally, 75 percent of these deaths occur with drivers or passengers who are not belted in and are partially or totally ejected from the vehicle.
Rollover crashes tend to happen more often in tall, narrow vehicles such as trucks and SUVs. This is because these vehicles have a different center of gravity than sedans, which tend to be relatively low to the ground and harder to flip. However, given the right set of circumstances, a rollover can occur with any vehicle. The recent upsurge in rollover numbers may be attributed to the rising popularity of light trucks, SUVs and crossovers.
The person at fault in a rollover accident may be the driver of the vehicle, the driver of another vehicle or another party. It could also be an organization or agency who is responsible for road safety.
No matter who is responsible, holding the at-fault party accountable is important if you want to recover damages for your pain and suffering, your lost wages and your medical expenses as well as other costs associated with a rollover accident.
Dan Gilleon has been helping San Diego rollover accident victims for many years. Dan Gilleon is a personal injury attorney who has helped victims in hundreds of trials and settlements to recover damages. Call today for a free consultation about your rollover accident case. Whether you are the victim yourself or have lost a loved one due to a rollover crash, Dan Gilleon may be able to help you collect compensation for your losses.