Rollover Car Accidents
Rollover car accidents are much more violent that other types of vehicle crashes and can result in more serious bodily injuries to those involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollovers only occur in 2.1 percent of vehicle crashes, but account for nearly 35% of all deaths from such accidents. In one year alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes, and the majority of them were not wearing seatbelts. The process of investigating and pursuing a claim due to injuries from a rollover accident is complex, and those filing such a claim should seek the help of Englander Peebles, a car accident attorney located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Englander Peebles handles car accident cases in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and in counties throughout Florida.
During a five-year study of rollover accidents in Florida conducted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, researchers found that 2,230 persons died in rollover crashes and an additional 56,390 were injured. Out of the six counties with the highest rollover fatalities in a single year, Broward County came in second place with 17 fatalities.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
There are several documented causes of rollover car accidents. While vehicle type may play a role, other factors such as the behavior and conduct of drivers, road conditions, and environmental conditions also may increase the risk of rollover crashes.
Speed and alcohol have been shown to play a significant role in rollover crashes. According to NHTSA, fatal rollover accidents are speed-related more often than fatal non-rollover accidents. Studies show that around forty percent of fatal rollover accidents involved speeding, and that nearly three quarters of rollovers that resulted in a fatality took place where the posted speed limit was at least 55 miles per hour or more. Similarly, nearly half of all rollover crashes resulting in a fatality involve alcohol, since even tiny amounts of alcohol can negatively affect vision, judgment, and muscle coordination, which can result in less control over a vehicle.
There are two major pieces of evidence that tends to support the finding that driver behavior and conduct plays a significant role in rollover crashes. First, data shows that over ninety percent of the vehicles in single-vehicle rollover crashes that resulted in at least one fatality were involved in what is considered as routing driving maneuvers – either driving straight ahead or trying to turn a curve – at the time of the accident. Additionally, nearly eighty-five percent of all rollover-related deaths resulted from single vehicle accidents. This suggests that the majority of rollover crashes and deaths did not involve any other vehicle besides the one that rolled over, and that driver behavior, therefore, was a significant contributing factor in rollover accidents.
Since driver behavior and conduct appears to be one of the most significant contributing factors in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation if you suffered injuries in a rollover accident due to another person’s negligence. Englander Peebles will provide you with the effective and zealous advocacy you need to pursue your case and obtain compensation for your injuries. Please do not hesitate to contact us today by calling our office at (954) 500-4878 or by submitting our online form for a free initial consultation.