Any motor vehicle collision can be a frightening and dangerous situation, but rollover accidents are particularly worrisome. A rollover accident describes any car crash in which a vehicle rolls over upside-down. According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration statistics, rollover accidents account for roughly one third of all traffic fatalities, and rollover accidents kill over 10,000 people each year.
If you’ve been involved in a rollover crash in Florida, it’s important to understand your rights, your options for legal action, and to engage an experienced attorney who can navigate you through a successful personal injury case. The SteinLaw firm is committed to maximizing the recovery of every one of our clients. If you’ve recently been involved in a rollover crash, read through the following information and reach out to our team if you think you have a case.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Any type of motor vehicle may roll over, but the vehicles most susceptible to rollover crashes are tall, narrow, and heavy. The higher the center of gravity, the more likely the vehicle is to roll over. Some of the major causes behind rollover crashes include excessive speeding, alcohol use, and road conditions:
- Excessive speeding was a factor in 40% of fatal rollover crashes.
- Nearly three quarters of all rollover crashes take place on stretches of road with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or more.
- Almost half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and slow reaction time. In many cases, rollovers happen from over-steering, and the panicked motions of an impaired driver can easily cause a rollover.
- Nearly three quarters of fatal rollover crashes happen in rural areas.
- Almost 85% of fatal rollover crashes are single-vehicle crashes.
Determining Your Legal Options
After suffering an injury in a rollover accident, your legal options may take many possible forms. In the worst-case scenario, you may need to file a wrongful death claim for a loved one killed in a rollover accident. If you were injured in a rollover, after addressing your medical needs, it’s vital to contact an attorney as soon as you are able. Your attorney may suggest:
- A personal injury lawsuit. If another driver or party was negligent, and their negligence led to your rollover, your attorney will likely advise filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
- A product liability claim. A defective part may or shoddy vehicle maintenance have caused the crash. If the vehicle’s manufacturer produced a faulty car, your mechanic did subpar maintenance, or a tire manufacturer released a defective tire, your attorney may wish to pursue a product liability claim against the responsible party.
- A premises liability lawsuit may be necessary, depending on where the accident happened. If hazardous road conditions on a public road caused your rollover, discuss your legal options immediately. Suing a public organization typically requires following strict guidelines and deadlines, and the statute of limitations (the time you have from the date of an injury to sue for that injury) is typically much shorter than standard personal injury cases.
Whatever the circumstances may be, it’s vital to work with your attorney to prepare a strong case. You may be able to recover damages in the form of medical expenses, property damage to your vehicle and possessions, the costs of ongoing necessary medical treatment, and pain and suffering. Start the process as quickly as possible once you’ve addressed your immediate medical concerns.
If you’ve been hurt in a rollover accident in Florida, get in touch with the legal professionals at SteinLaw to maximize your recovery.