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Rollover Car Accident? An Auto Defect Lawyer in Orlando May Be Able to Help
Rollover car accidents are violent, deadly and occur at an alarmingly high rate, especially with taller, narrow vehicles. This type of crash accounts for one-third of all highway traffic fatalities, killing 10,000 people per year, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA). There are numerous factors that can contribute to a rollover accident, including cars defective in design and a lack of rollover reduction technologies.
If your loved one was killed in a rollover or you were injured in one, there is a good chance you might have just cause to file a suit for your damages. To determine eligibility, contact an auto defect lawyer in Orlando at Francis Legal Group.
Two Types of Rollover Accidents
Rollover car accidents began skyrocketing when SUVs hit the market in the early 1990s. The narrow wheelbase and weight distribution gives SUVs and similar vehicles a disproportionate propensity towards rollovers.
There are two basic categories of rollover accidents: tripped and untripped. Tripped rollovers are by far the most common, accounting for 95 percent of all rollovers, according to the NHTSA. A car “trips” when it slides sideways, digging the tires into soft soil or gravel or hitting a curb. The force of the object on the tires causes the car to roll over. This can occur when the car leaves the roadway, hits a median or guardrail, or travels on a slope.
Untripped rollovers usually occur when the vehicle is top heavy. Top-heavy vehicles can rollover when maneuvering too quickly, such as during high-speed collision avoidance maneuvers.
Causes of Rollovers
There is a ton of industry and consumer criticism for the defective designs inherent in vehicles that tend to roll over. Rollover propensity is a well-known hazard that has led to thousands of lawsuits against auto manufacturers. The causes for rollover accidents are complex in nature because there are multiple contributing factors. “Rollovers, more so than other types of crashes, reflect the interaction of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors. So while vehicle type does play a significant role, other factors such as driver behavior and road and environmental conditions can also cause a vehicle to roll over,” explains the NHTSA.
Some of the causes and risk factors for rollovers include the following.
- Defective tires
- Defects with rollover prevention technologies
- Vehicle type -- Taller, narrower vehicles with higher centers of gravity are more susceptible to rollover. The vehicles most at risk include pickups, sport utility vehicles, and vans.
- Speeding -- Up to 40 percent of fatal rollovers involve excessive speeding.
- Alcohol impairment
- Improperly negotiating a curb
- Distracted driving
While tall, narrow or top-heavy vehicles are most at risk for rollovers, any car rollover in certain conditions, i.e., when it impacts a suitable tripping mechanism with sufficient lateral velocity.
Pursuing a Settlement for Rollover Injuries or a Wrongful Death
There are several scenarios in which a rollover car accident may substantiate a personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit. If an auto defect, roadway hazard or another negligent driver contributed to the accident, you might be able to sue and recover damages. If you are eligible to file, you might be able to receive reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as receive enough funds to take care of any long-term future medical, rehabilitation and income needs, you may have resulting from the injury.
To learn what your legal options are and how best to pursue a settlement, contact our auto defects attorney at Francis Law Group in Orlando. Attorney Francis has had more than 10 years successfully representing injured clients and is well versed in all aspects of rollover liability. Call us today at 407-363-9939 or contact us online.