Rollover accidents in Florida and throughout this nation are among the most deadly types of vehicle accidents. Although these types of traffic accidents aren’t as common as rear-end accidents or other types of crashes, when they do happen, they can produce serious injuries or fatalities.
When a rollover takes place, the vehicle turns over onto its roof or side. Sometimes the car or SUV rolls several times before coming to rest on its roof, and other times the vehicle may turn over onto its side or its top without rolling over further. In either event – whether the vehicle rolls once or multiple times – the results can be catastrophic.
SUVs are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident in Sarasota because of the higher center of gravity; however, rollover accidents do happen with smaller passenger vehicles, as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents only account for three percent of traffic accidents involving passenger vehicles, but they make up about one-third of all occupant fatalities. This indicates that although rollovers don’t occur as frequently they are more serious than any other type of accident.
Serious injuries that rollover accidents produce include:
- Broken bones
- Femur fracture
- TMJ injury
- Herniated disc injury
- Internal organ injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis, such as quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken neck
- Fatal injuries
Because rollover accidents occur at a higher force and often involve passengers being ejected from the vehicle, the results are more serious and often deadly. Sometimes passengers are simply not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, but other times they are and the seat belt restraint system performed poorly – allowing them to be ejected from the vehicle during a rollover.
How We Can Help You Following a Rollover
Sadly, rollover accident injuries and deaths have occurred from design flaws in vehicles, seat belts, roofs, or defective tires. An experienced Sarasota auto accident attorney will be able to help you understand if your rollover accident injury occurred due to one of the above reasons and help you seek justice if there was a defect of any kind.
The injuries that occur in rollover accidents in Florida can be damaging, creating lifelong impairments and disabilities. The financial impact, as well as the emotional impact, can be devastating. If you were injured, or if your loved one died in a rollover crash, you need to get compensation for medical bills related to the wreck, loss of income, and loss of future wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more.
Call our personal injury lawyers at the Mallard Law at (888) 409-3805 and receive a complimentary consultation to find out more about your rights, and also get a free copy of our book, What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.