Are You at Risk for a Florida Rollover Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 1, 2011

Cape Coral car accident attorneyAs Florida personal injury attorneys, we know that Florida rollover accidents often result in serious injuries. As the composition of passenger vehicles has shifted over the past couple of decades to include more SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans, rollovers have gained increasing attention. This post provides a brief overview of what all Florida drivers should know about rollover accidents.

When are rollovers most likely to occur?

According to NHTSA, the overwhelming majority of rollovers occur during ordinary driving situations. Many rollovers occur when a driver suddenly swerves to avoid an obstacle such as a stopped car in the road or when a driver accidentally veers off of the road.

In fatal rollovers, excessive speed and alcohol are often contributing factors. Nearly 3 of every 4 fatal rollovers occurs on a rural road with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or higher, and excessive speeding is cited as a contributory factor in about 40% of fatal rollovers.

In addition, about half of all fatal rollovers involve alcohol in at least some capacity (i.e., drivers with BAC > 0.00, though not necessarily in excess of the legal limit for DWI). More than 80% of all rollovers involve no other vehicle besides the one that rolls over.

Are some vehicles more prone to rollovers?

Yes. Many consumers were first alerted to the risk of rollovers when Ford recalled many Ford Explorers that used Bridgestone/Firestone tires back in 2001. In 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on 15-passenger vans, describing their increased risk of rolling over when heavily loaded.

In addition, NHTSA statistics reveal that over half of rollovers occurring between 1995 and 2001 involved passenger cars, and half involved light trucks (i.e., SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) or vans. However, the passenger vehicle fleet comprised roughly 65% passenger cars and 35% light trucks and vans during the period of the study, indicating that a higher proportion of all light trucks and vans on the road are involved in rollovers.

The bottom-line is that while some vehicles are more likely than others to roll over, any vehicle can roll over. Therefore, we invite you to check back tomorrow for some helpful tips on avoiding a Florida rollover accident.

Source: AAA

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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