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Common rollover accident causes

A loved one was killed in a deadly rollover accident. He or she was riding with a friend, and you're thinking about trying to get financial compensation to help cover the funeral costs, medical costs and other financial issues stemming from this tragic death.

What you need to know, is whether or not the driver was negligent and therefore responsible for that crash. Below are a few common rollover accident causes to consider,

1. Speed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that excessive speeding takes place in about 40 percent of these deadly accidents. If the driver broke the speed limit, he or she could have directly caused the death.

2. Alcohol

About 50 percent of these fatal wrecks are linked back to alcohol, according to the NHTSA. This is true even when a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is under 0.08.

3. Distraction

The NHTSA found that most vehicles -- a full 90 percent -- were not doing anything more than routine driving maneuvers when the rollover crashes happened. From this, they surmise that drivers may have been distracted by cell phones or passengers, making them unable to handle even these standard driving tasks.

4. Rural driving

Though it may not show that the driver was negligent, it's interesting to note that the heavy majority of these rollover wrecks -- about 75 percent -- happen on rural roads. This could link back to excessive speed, as these roads have higher speed limits and people may think police officers and speed traps are less common.

If it turns out that the other driver was negligent, make sure you and your family know all of the legal options you have.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Causes," accessed Aug. 28, 2017

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