Injuries In Rollover Accidents
If the rollover happens in a crashworthy vehicle that is free from defect, the injuries can be relatively minor and include cuts, bruises and possibly broken bones. Of course, even in a safe vehicle, the forces involved in a serious rollover accident can cause serious injury or death.
However, as discussed above, if the vehicle or its safety-related component parts are defective, the severity of the personal injuries and the frequency of occupant fatalities increase exponentially. Among the most common catastrophic personal injuries associated with rollover accidents include serious neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, brain injuries, severe burns, blindness, deafness, and crushed or severed limbs.
If the roof of the vehicle is crushed during the accident and collapses into the passenger compartment, several thousand pounds of pressure can be instantaneously transferred to the fragile bodies of the people inside. In a combination of rollover/roof crush accident, severe spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and occupant death frequently result.
The violent and horrifying nature of these accidents cannot be overstated. Drivers and passengers can be trapped inside the vehicle and suffer for long period of time before emergency help can arrive. When rollover accidents happen, they are traumatic and devastating not only for the people injured, but also for their families and loved ones.