Injured in a Rollover Car Accident?
Work with a Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer
Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous
motor vehicle accidents, and statistics show that this type of accident has a higher fatality
rate than any other type of crash. Serious injury is also a common result
of rollover accidents. Although only around 3% of motor vehicle accidents
are rollovers, this type of accident accounts for nearly one-third of
vehicle accident fatalities. More than 10,000 people each year are killed
in rollovers, and more than 70% of these deaths happen to vehicle occupants
who are not wearing seatbelts.
If you were injured in a rollover accident, do not wait to contact Kelley/Uustal
for help. We offer
free consultations to injury victims in Fort Lauderdale.
Which Vehicles Are Most Prone to Rollovers?
While many people think that by not driving an SUV they are protected from
a rollover, the truth is that any type of car, van, truck, or bus can
roll over in an accident. The vehicles most likely to be involved in rollovers
are those with a higher center of gravity and those that are narrow and
tall. While SUVs certainly fit this description, minivans and pickup trucks
also have a higher risk of rolling over than a sedan or coupe.
The simple fact is that
sport-utility vehicles are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Handling is cumbersome and braking is slow - some SUVs need more than
40 extra feet to stop when decelerating from 60 mph. This leads to many
more collisions that could have been avoided, and SUVs pose extra dangers
in those collisions. Cars crumple in an intended predictable mode of deformation
during head-on collisions, which absorbs some of the force and protects
SUVs generally have truck frames that magnify the force on the occupants.
Incredibly, some car dealers under-inflate the tires because they know
most SUV drivers never take the vehicles off road. This can smooth out
the rough SUV ride, but it causes significant stability problems and increases
the chance of rollover. It also leads to tire delamination. The bottom
line is that rollovers in sport-utility vehicles are as much as five times
more deadly than accidents in other vehicles.
Other Factors Contributing to Rollovers
- Road conditions
- Driver behavior
Almost three-quarters of fatal rollover crashes happen in areas where the
speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher. Speeding is involved in 40%
of rollover deaths. When roads are poorly maintained, rollovers are more
likely, and 70% of rollover fatalities happen in rural areas with higher
Types of Rollovers
Tripped rollovers happen when a car leaves the road and rolls over after
being tripped by a curb, loose pavement, or a steep slope. Most single-vehicle
rollovers are tripped rollovers. Un-tripped rollovers happen due to driving
maneuvers, and occur without the car hitting another object. Un-tripped
rollovers are more common in top-heavy vehicles that are speeding, but
are rarer than tripped rollovers.
Contact Kelley/Uustal for a Free Case Consultation
The Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at Kelley/Uustal understand
personal injury law and rollover accidents and have the experience and resources to help you
protect your rights when you are involved in a rollover accident. We are
not afraid to go up against insurance companies, the government, or large
corporations and we will use every resource we have to try to help you
see that justice is served and that you are compensated fairly for your injuries.