(August 1, 2022) A rollover accident shuts down southbound lanes of Highway 281 by St. Mary’s Street today, August 1, 2022, according to KSAT News.
The single-vehicle rollover accident, which left one person dead, occurred around 12:15 p.m. today between St. Mary’s Street and East Josephine Street. The police did not report what caused the accident or if there were any other people injured.
Did you know?
Single-vehicle rollover accidents are the most common type of rollover accident and account for eighty-five percent of all rollover accident fatalities, according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA).
What causes rollover accidents?
There are many potential variables involved in Single-vehicle rollover accidents. A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle is flipped over or tipped on its side. Here are some of the most common causes of rollover accidents in Texas:
Driver error – Driver error is the most common cause of a Texas rollover accident. Driving while distracted by cell phone use or extreme fatigue greatly increases the risk of a rollover accident. Aggressive driving can cause oversteering, which is another contributing factor to rollover accidents. However, even something like improperly loaded cargo can shift during a turn, causing even an experienced and careful driver to tip.
Vehicle types – Any vehicle can roll over, but there are some vehicle types that are more prone to rollover accidents due to the way they were designed. For example, passenger vans and SUVs are among the most common vehicles to flip. This is because they have such a high center of gravity, so even a slight bump to a curb could cause a catastrophic accident.
Road Conditions – Sometimes rollover accidents occur due to poor conditions on the road. This includes extreme weather conditions, construction, and debris. However, if the accident was caused by poor maintenance conditions on the roads, a government entity may be liable for the accident.
Filing injury accident claims against a government entity should be done with the help of experienced lawyers who are familiar with time limits and specific rules associated. Please get in touch with our team for more information.
Is there anything I can do to decrease the risk of a rollover accident?
There are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of flipping your vehicle. First, make sure your tires are fully inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Additionally, if you replace your tires, make sure they are similar to the original set that came with your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to use extra caution when driving on rural roads that are not maintained as well as main roads. Finally, make sure your luggage is properly stored. Keep lighter luggage in roof racks and stay well within the manufacturer’s weight recommendation. Heavier cargo should be as close to the center of the vehicle as possible and secured so that it does not slide when making sharp turns.
Wear your seatbelt
Nearly half of the fatalities that occur in rollover accidents happen because the passengers were not wearing a seatbelt and were ejected from the vehicle. Seventy-five percent of people who are ejected from a vehicle in an accident die. Protect yourself and your family, and buckle up.
Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a Texas Rollover accident?
The Law Office of Carabin Shaw has thirty years of experience representing the auto accident victims of San Antonio. Contact our team for your free initial consultation at 800-862-1260.