More than 10,000 people across the country are killed each year in rollover accidents, according to the National Safety Council. A recent Bellingham, Wash., car accident that injured a woman illustrates the dangers. The woman was in a Chevy Cavalier that was tailing a Ford Mustang when the Mustang slowed in traffic, according to a Washington State Patrol trooper. The Chevy clipped the bumper of the Mustang, then overturned and crashed into a concrete barrier.
Rollover accidents are typically single-vehicle collisions. In 2010, 279 people lost their lives in the State of Washington as a result of single -vehicle accidents, many of which involved rollovers.
A risk for anyone involved in a rollover accident is ejection from the vehicle. Passengers and drivers are far more likely to be thrown from a vehicle that is tumbling over than in other types of accidents. Even a person restrained by a seatbelt can be seriously, even fatally, injured in the violent tossing and turning that occurs as a vehicle flips over.
A driver who causes a rollover accident may be liable for any injuries suffered by passengers or other drivers. If you have been injured in a Washington State rollover accident, or have lost a loved one as a result of one, a Washington State car accident attorney can help you through the legal process and make sure that the driver who was at fault is held accountable.