Rollover Crashes Can Be Deadly
Rollover crashes have a higher rate of death than any other type of accident. In fact, 6,863 auto occupants died in rollover accidents in 2014, accounting for one-third of passenger vehicle deaths and half of single vehicle fatalities. Those who survive tend to suffer catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord damage and severe crush injuries.
F&H Law Group, P.A. represents car, truck, SUV and van accident victims throughout Florida. Our team handles complex rollover crashes and the resulting catastrophic injuries. After a rollover crash, you have a dedicated team by your side to help you recover.
Why Rollover Crashes Are So Dangerous
A rollover wreck occurs when the vehicle tips onto its side or rolls onto its roof. The occupants tend to get thrown around inside the cabin and the body of the vehicle may give way. Seat belts offer some protection, but properly restrained occupants remain at risk of severe and fatal injuries.
Injuries and fatalities in rollover accidents typically result from:
- Roof crush: The roof is built to withstand only a relatively low level of impact and often caves into the cabin of the vehicle during a wreck. The laws require roofs on lighter cars to withstand three times the weight of the car as it rolls, but heavier vehicles only need to withstand 1.5 times their own weight.
- Crush injuries: As the vehicle rolls over and the windows shatter, an occupant’s body may fall outside of the cabin. The entire weight of the vehicle may crush the occupant’s arm or the torso of an unrestrained occupant.
- Ejection: An occupant who is not wearing a seat belt may be ejected from the rolling vehicle and either get trapped between the vehicle and the ground or get thrown against a hard object outside the vehicle.
- Head injuries: Head injuries are common in rollover accidents, either from the occupant’s ejection or from hitting a hard object while being thrown around inside the cabin.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries, which can result in partial or total paralysis, are common in rollover crashes.
It’s a misconception that only SUVs rollover in accidents – all vehicles can roll over during extreme impact. However, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans and tractor-trailers have high rates of rollover because of their high center of gravity and top-heavy design. The awkward design of these vehicles contributes to the high number of rollover crashes.
Factors that contribute to rollover include:
- Poor design of the SUV, pickup or van
- Sharp curve in the road or exit ramp
- Steep shoulder with no protective barrier
- No signage to warn drivers of impending road conditions
- Speed or distraction of driver
Consult with F&H Law Group and Pasco Lawyers After a Rollover Crash
The attorneys at F&H Law Group, P.A. represents injured clients. Call our rollover accident attorneys to schedule your free consultation today.
We handle your claim on contingency, so you do not owe us attorneys’ fees until we recover damages at trial or through settlement. We make every effort to return your calls within 24 hours.
Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.