Vehicle Roll Over Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

Vehicle rollover accidents are common in traffic collisions involving SUVs. When a vehicle is involved in a rollover accident, passengers are more likely to suffer significant head traumas and other catastrophic injuries.  SUVs are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents since they have a higher center of gravity. 

Although many American families decide to buy SUVs because they believe them to be safer than other automobiles, SUV's vehicle rollover accidents actually result in nearly 50 percent of all automobile-related fatalities in a given year, this statistics are according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).   

Having said that, a large majority of those rollovers involve SUVs.  If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in an SUV accident or a vehicle rollover crash, it’s important to speak to a Florida auto accident lawyer about your case. 

Vehicle Rollover Facts and Statistics

According to a PBS - Frontline documentary on SUV safety and rollover accident statistics, nearly 70,000 rollover accidents occur every year.  And SUVs have the highest rollover rate of any other vehicle when it comes to fatal collisions.  In addition to the high number of rollover-related deaths, further statistics show a clear connection between SUVs and rollovers:

  • More than 60 percent of all SUV accident deaths occurred as a result of a rollover accident
  • More than 10,000 rollover accidents occur each year in the United States, and more than 90 percent of these accidents involve only a single vehicle that’s often an SUV
  • When an SUV is involved in a rollover accident, passengers in the vehicle have a substantially greater risk of sustaining a serious or fatal injury—such a risk increases by more than 30 percent.

SUV Rollover Causes and Safety

Vehicle rollover accidents can result from many different causes, including:

  • Driver negligence: this includes distracted driving that results from texting while driving, speeding, failing to obey traffic lights and road signs, and reckless driving.  In these causes, rollover accident victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver for compensation.
  • Premises liability: in some cases, rollovers occur because of an improperly maintained road or highway.  In these cases, the property owner has a duty to keep it free of hazardous conditions, and the injured parties may be able to file a claim for financial compensation.
  • Product liability: SUV rollovers can result from automobile design defects and automobile manufacturing defects.  In cases such as these, it is important to know that you can hold the automaker liable for damages.

It is important for automakers to design SUVs so that they’re more stable, and according to PBS- Frontline, manufacturers should lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and widen its wheel track.  While we should continue to push for automobile manufacturers to invest in these structural changes to SUVs, it’s also important to keep in mind that SUV drivers can take certain steps to reduce the risk of a vehicle rollover.  According to the NHTSA, a driver should do the following:

  • Avoid any conditions that might result in loss of control of the vehicle, including distracted driving and aggressive driving.
  • Take particular care on rural roads that might not be regularly maintained.
  • Avoid “panic steering.”  In other words, if you do lose control of your vehicle and it drifts out of your lane or into the road, slowly ease your SUV back onto the road after lowering your speed.
  • Properly maintain and regularly replace your tires.
  • Pay attention to the weight limits of your vehicle, as SUVs with extra weight can make your vehicle more likely to tip over.

Vehicle rollover accidents happen more often than we’d like to think, and SUVs tend to be involved in these dangerous crashes.  An attorney may help you recover compensation for the injuries you incurred as a result of a crash.  Contact us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.

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