A single-vehicle rollover accident left seven people injured Wednesday, October 2, 2019, around 11:40 p.m. EMS personnel declared a mass casualty incident which brought multiple ambulances and additional emergency teams to the scene.
A California Highway Patrol officer said that it appeared that a Toyota Sienna van was traveling at an unknown speed and veered off the road for an unknown reason. The van hit the soft median soil and rolled over. One of the injured had an open compound fracture of the shoulder and was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for Treatment.
The other six were transported to various local hospitals. The crash is still under investigation, but there is no indication drugs or alcohol were involved, and no arrests were made.
Rollover Single Car Accident Injuries
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that the rollover is the deadliest type outpacing even head-on collisions. Rollovers make up 2 percent of all accidents yet they account for 35 percent of all vehicle fatalities.
The study goes on to say that 95 percent of all rollover happen when the tire strikes an object causing the top of the car to pitch forward and then the vehicle rolls. Though it seems a curve would be a more likely spot for a rollover, over 60 percent of all rollovers occur when the vehicle was on a straight stretch of roadway.
Single Car Rollover Injuries
Rollovers cause those inside the car to be thrown about and sustain multiple impacts inside the vehicle, and ejections are most likely to happen in a rollover. These dynamic cause certain common accidents, some of which are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe Concussions
- Neck injuries
- Mid and lower back injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Punctured Lungs
- Major Organ Damage
Single-Car Accident Liability
In any accident, the at-fault driver is responsible for all injuries and economic losses to the victims. This means that in a single-car accident, if the driver is at-fault, then he or she is on the hook for all the injuries and damages for all of those injured as a result.
Compensation will come from the driver’s auto insurance, but sometimes the driver is not insured, or the policy maximum doesn’t cover the amount of damages. In these cases, the injured might be able to use their own policy if they have uninsured and underinsured motorists’ coverage. This covers the policy holder when they are involved in any accident.
Contact a Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.