Rollover accidents are one of the deadliest types of motor vehicle collisions and make up roughly 20 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. And, while most rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents, many are the result of a T-bone accident where a negligent motorist broadsides another vehicle, causing it to roll over. Depending on the situation, the fault for a rollover accident may rest with a vehicle maker, tire manufacturer or negligent driver.
At the Blakeley Law Firm, our dedicated Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys have been aggressively pursuing monetary damages on behalf of injured motorists and their families for over a decade. Over this time, we’ve connected countless families with meaningful compensation that can help them start the process of moving on with their lives after a life-changing accident.What Can Cause a Rollover Accident?
Rollover accidents fall into two main categories. The first category includes accidents in which a vehicle rolls over without first coming into contact with another vehicle or a fixed object. For example, your vehicle may roll over if it has a defective tire that blows out on the highway. The second category of rollover accidents occurs after a collision with another vehicle. For example, if another car broadsides [link to failure to Yield Accidents page] you as you are driving through an intersection, your vehicle may roll over due to the force of the collision.
Vehicles are designed to prevent most rollover accidents. However, certain vehicles are more prone to rolling over. For example, vehicles with a high center of gravity and a narrow wheelbase are the most likely to roll over. This explains why the number of rollover accidents has increased significantly over the past two decades, as there are many more Sport Utility Vehicles on the road. For example, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the number of fatal SUV rollovers more than doubled between 1991 and 2002, when SUVs started to become more popular.Who Is Liable for a Rollover Accident?
Most rollover accidents only involve one vehicle. These accidents are typically the result of one of two things, driver error or tire defects. If an accident is caused by a defective tire, the tire manufacturer may be financially liable through a product liability claim.
There are, however, a smaller number of single-vehicle rollovers that are caused by other drivers. For example, if a driver swerves in front of you and you jerk the wheel to avoid a collision, your vehicle could roll over. In this situation, the driver that cut in front of you would likely be at least partially responsible for the accident.
In rollover accidents involving two or more vehicles, it is possible that the other drivers involved could be responsible for the accident. However, these cases are highly fact-dependent, and those interested in learning more about their claim should consult with an experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer.How to Avoid (or Survive) a Rollover Accident
Drivers can avoid most single-vehicle rollover accidents by remaining attentive and ensuring that their car’s tires are in good condition and well maintained. However, when it comes to preventing rollover accidents that are caused by another person, there is only so much that drivers can do. However, by far, the most important thing is to wear a seatbelt. About 75 percent of those killed in a rollover accident were not wearing a seatbelt at the time. Thus, while you can’t control another driver’s actions, you can protect yourself by buckling up.Have You Been Injured in a Fort Lauderdale Rollover Accident?
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a rollover accident, the dedicated personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at the Blakeley Law Firm are here to help. With more than 20 years of experience handling all types of car accident lawsuits in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas, we have the knowledge, dedication and resources needed to ensure your claim receives the attention it deserves. We offer free consultations to all accident victims, during which we will answer your questions, provide you with an overview of the process, and explain what we can do to help connect you with compensation for everything you’ve been through. To learn more, and to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today, call (800) 602-5000. You can also reach us through our online contact form. We have offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.