Vehicle Rollover Accident Attorneys
In recent years, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties have ranked among the most dangerous counties in Florida for auto accidents. The most dangerous type of accident is a vehicle rollover. Florida has an annual average of 2,500 – 3,000 auto accident fatalities. Out of those fatal accidents, around 20% of them involve a vehicle rollover.
A major factor that can contribute to a vehicle rollover is the design of the car, SUV, van or other form of transportation. Light trucks and sport utility vehicles tend to have higher centers of gravity. In fact, the amounts of fatalities who are occupants of SUVs are continually growing every year – half of these deaths are coming from rollovers. Because additional passengers in vehicles with a high center of gravity mean an increased risk in a rollover accident, fully loaded 15 passenger vans have a very high risk of vehicle rollovers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rollovers in two different categories – Tripped Rollover and Un-Tripped Rollover
Tripped Vehicle Rollover
NHTSA data shows that 95% of single vehicle rollovers are tripped. This is when a vehicle leaves the road and slides sideways, then digs its tires into soft soil or strikes an object like a curb or guardrail. There are three types of tripped rollovers
- Soft Soil Rollover: vehicle swerves and as driver attempts to recover control they steer too sharply and vehicle’s wheel digs into gravel, soil shoulder, guardrails, pavement surface, banks or curb.
- Guardrail Rollover: front portion of car rides up a guardrail in a ramp like motion causing the car to become airborne and rollover.
- Steep Slope Rollover: Usually off road, when a driver drives down a slope and picks up speed then attempts to turn and the momentum of the vehicle causes it to rollover. This can also happen if an incline slope is too steep.
Un-Tripped Vehicle Rollover
Un-tripped vehicle rollovers are less common and occur less than 5% of the time. This mostly happens with top-heavy vehicles. These rollovers occur when a vehicle avoids a collision at a high speed and the maneuver causes the rollover.
When a vehicle involved in an accident rolls over, the injuries can be incredibly severe and may include the following:
- Internal Organ Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Serious lacerations
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Neck Injury
- Loss of Limbs
In addition to the physical damage, the injuries caused by a vehicle rollover can have a devastating financial impact for anyone involved and their families. A victim could receive financial compensation for loss of past and future wages, medical bills, accident and property bills and expenses. The victim may also be able to recover financial compensation for decreased life expectancy due to severe injuries caused by the accident.
The Injury Attorneys at Madalon Law understand the pain and suffering a victim of a rollover can go through, which is why we want to handle all the details of this type of complex case for you. We will start by giving you a free consultation to go over all the details and answer your questions to see if you have a case. If we feel you have a case, we will take on all the expenses of your case and not bill you unless you win. Contact our Vehicle Rollover Accident Lawyers today for your free consultation.