Multi-Car Crash Injures 1 Person in Clarksville
A driver suffered injuries after being involved in a two-car accident in Clarksville, Tennessee, Thursday afternoon.
According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 12:45 p.m. on Trenton Road near Tiny Town Road in Montgomery County.
A representative with Clarksville police says that the force of the impact in the accident caused a maroon SUV to flip over and roll onto its roof. The driver of the SUV suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
As a result of the accident, traffic in the area was slow for an hour as emergency workers and road crews worked to clear the scene.
The Clarksville police are still investigating the accident to determine its cause and whether charges should be filed against either driver.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
One of the most dangerous outcomes of a car accident is when a vehicle flips onto its side or roof due to the impact of the collision. Some of the most common causes of vehicles flipping include:
- The impact of collisions
As the accident above illustrates, many vehicle rollovers are simply due to the extreme forces generated during car accidents. Top-heavy vehicles such as SUVs, vans, buses, and trucks are more susceptible to rollovers than cars that are closer to the ground, such as sedans and coupes.
- Overcorrecting or hard steering
If a driver is traveling at a high rate of speed and suddenly pulls on the wheel sharply in one direction, this can generate enough force to cause the vehicle to rollover. This can occur when drivers attempt to avoid accidents or objects in the roadway, or even while they attempt to navigate a tight turn at a speed that’s too high for the road they’re traveling on. Drowsy driving can also cause drivers to nod off momentarily, and upon waking, they can jerk the wheel to correct the vehicle’s path, also causing a rollover accident.
- Hitting a ditch or median
Driving over anything that causes one side of a vehicle to become significantly higher or lower than the other side, such as a ditch, median, or even a large pothole, can also cause the vehicle to completely rollover and end up on its side or roof. In many cases, once a vehicle begins to rollover due to the vehicle’s imbalance, drivers will be completely unable to correct its orientation.
- Losing traction with the road
Ice, rain, oil, and other slippery substances can cause vehicles’ tires to lose traction with the roadway, which can then cause the vehicles to spin or slide out of control. If a vehicle is traveling at a moderate or high rate of speed and spins sideways due to a lack of traction, the forces generated by the spin or the driver turning the steering wheel can be enough to cause the vehicle to rollover.
Many roadways in the United States and throughout Tennessee have warning signs indicating potential rollover areas that are particularly hazardous for drivers of top-heavy vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs. However, all drivers should take heed in these areas to not only avoid their own rollover accident, but to also avoid being struck by other vehicles that are prone to tipping over.
The Clarksville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law know that rollover accidents can be extremely dangerous, but being aware of your vehicle’s weight, center of gravity, and the conditions of the road you’re traveling on can help reduce your risks of being involved in these types of accidents.
If you or someone you love was injured in a rollover accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if the accident was caused by another person’s negligence. Get in touch with our attorneys by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form.