Florida Rollover Car Accidents
As South Florida rollover car accident lawyers we understand that these types of accidents are not common compared to other types of impacts, but they are particularly dangerous. According to 2010 crash statistics by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, only 2.17% of the state’s accidents involved rollover crashes. However, 11.43% of accident fatalities were caused by rollovers. This percentage of deaths was only exceeded by “Motor Vehicle in Transport” accidents. Last year rollover crashes also left 434 Floridians injured and another 164 suffering only property damage.
In the U.S. there are about 280,000 rollover accidents per year and 10,000 resulted in fatalities. SUVs are more likely to be involved in rollover car accidents in Miami-Dade due to their high center of gravity. Data has shown that rollover accidents result in more fatalities in SUVs than other vehicles. Therefore, when driving an SUV it is important to drive with the upmost care. Some SUVs may be more prone to rollover when making a sudden turn or movement than other types of vehicles. It would be wise to consult statics if available before purchasing a particular vehicle.
Rollover accidents are usually caused by instability in a turn or vehicles impacting at tremendous speeds. The stability of a vehicle is measured by the center of gravity and the distance between the right and left wheel. As mentioned above, vehicles with a high center of gravity tend to be more prone to rollover accidents. This should be taken into account when buying a vehicle.
Most fatal rollover accidents tend to occur with SUVs on weekend nights. These vehicles are generally driven by males under the age of 25 and there is a tendency for alcohol to be involved as well. This should be noted when purchasing a vehicle for someone at the age of 25. It should also be noted that in 75% of fatal rollovers the victims were not wearing a seatbelt.
Rollover accidents do not only occur in SUVs- they also occur in passenger cars, trucks, 15+ passenger vans, and ATVs. These accidents are very dangerous because they may cause crushed roofs or roof pillar failures, leaking fuel and fires, or passengers being trapped inside the vehicle. Rollovers are often caused by manufacturer defects. For example, inadequate design, poor brake systems, and tire failure.
Rollover crashes can leave you with costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If vehicle malfunction or improper design caused you or your loved one to be injured in a rollover accident the Miami personal injury attorneys at DRG Firm can help protect your rights. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve.
The Miami rollover car accident attorneys at DRG Firm handle a variety of motor vehicle injury claims. If you have been affected by this type of collision and are not being properly compensated for your injury, our attorneys are glad to discuss your case. The lawyers at DRG Firm are available to assist you 24/7. Please give us a call at 1.888.413.8353.