Rollover accidents are the leading cause of car accident deaths in the United States.  They are also a leading cause of Georgia car accident fatalities and injuries.  In order to understand why it is important to prevent rollover accidents specifically, it is important to understand the horrific, often tragic, consequences of such accidents.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation*:
  • Overturned crashes account for only 1% of Georgia crashes, but they account for 10% of Georgia accident fatalities.
  • The number of overturned crashes increased significantly from 2000 - 2006. In 2000 there were 4,986 rollover accidents in Georgia, and in 2006 there were 6,467 rollovers reported.
  • The number of people injured in Georgia rollover accidents also increased from 2,830 in 2000 to 3,737 in 2006 as did the number of fatal crashes which was 114 in 2000 and 161 in 2006.

In 2008, the Georgia Department of Transportation listed the risk of ejection from a rolled over vehicle as a leading cause of rollover injuries and deaths.  Now that the NHTSA has issued a new rule requiring vehicle manufacturers to address the problem of vehicle ejections, perhaps the risk of serious injuries and fatalities will decrease.

As Atlanta car accident attorneys, we hope that is the case.

If you have been hurt or if your loved one has been killed in a Georgia overturned vehicle crash, please contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer today for a free consultation.  We can be reached at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form.

*Source: Georgia Department of Transportation, Crash Analysis, Statistics and Information Handbook, January 2008
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