Vehicle Rollover Accidents
Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles confirms these figures for 2010 crashes involving rollovers:
- 36 rollover crashes proved fatal
- 434 crashes caused injuries
- 164 rollover crashes caused only property damage
- 11% of fatal crashes in Florida in 2010 involved rollovers
Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Vehicle rollover accidents are among the most deadly motor vehicle accidents. Often associated with SUVs, trucks, and other high profile vehicles, rollovers occur when a vehicle tips onto its side or when it completely flips over onto its roof during the course of an accident. Of the more than 40,000 motor vehicle crashes nationwide that cause fatalities, about 20% involve rollovers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Among all traffic crashes, rollovers account for approximately 3%. Although that percentage is low, the NHTSA observes that about a third of motor vehicle occupants who lose their lives in crashes are killed in rollovers.
When residents of Naples, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and other South Florida communities are hurt in car crashes, they turn to the firm that has helped thousands of accident victims – the Hollander Law Firm. Under the guidance of Boca Raton car accident attorney Gregg Hollander, the firm has built a respected practice based on its dedication to serving injury victims and their families with respect and personal attention.
Attorney Hollander knows that the popularity of SUVs and trucks can spell danger for drivers and their passengers if the vehicles tip and roll during an accident. He’s seen the serious injuries that occur when vehicle occupants are thrown from their seats and tossed about a vehicle’s interior or ejected from it.
The NHTSA’s research has determined that 95% of rollover accidents occur when a vehicle “trips.” That means that a car, truck, van or other vehicle slides to the side after leaving the road. It is tripped when tires bog down in soft dirt or when it hits an object, such as a curb. His experience in handling motor vehicle crashes of all types has taught Attorney Gregg Hollander that vehicle tripping also can happen when a car, truck or SUV is traveling forward rapidly and one side of the vehicle rides up on a curb, guardrail, or other obstacle. This can also occur in off-road situations involving steep inclines or uneven ground.
The experienced professionals at the Hollander Law Firm know that a small percentage of rollovers happen when tripping isn’t involved. Most often, this occurs when vehicles are top-heavy and a driver swerves or overcompensates to try and avoid an obstacle or crash. The maneuver throws off the vehicle’s center of gravity, resulting in a rollover. Our investigations of motor vehicle accidents have shown the Hollander Law Firm’s professionals that alcohol and high speeds are frequent contributors to rollover crashes. The NHTSA reports alcohol involvement in about half of fatal rollover collisions.
As an attorney who has been called on to help victims of traumatic brain injuries in Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and other cities in South Florida, Gregg Hollander knows that about 1.7 million people nationwide sustain these severe injuries every year and that motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause. Especially in vehicle rollover accidents where occupants may be thrown from their seats, head injuries may be common occurrences. Damage to the spinal cord also can happen in these situations. Both types of injuries can forever change victims’ lives. Permanent brain damage may make it impossible to speak, think, or engage in the routine activities of daily life. Paralysis caused by spinal cord damage can rob victims of the ability to walk or to live unassisted.
When you’ve suffered a serious injury, you need an attorney on your side who understands all the issues involved in your medical care and in planning for your future. Attorney Gregg Hollander has won settlements and awards for thousands of accident victims whose well-being – and that of their family members – depended on his skills as a negotiator and as a trial lawyer.
Don’t gamble with your future or your family’s future. When you’ve been hurt in a vehicle rollover accident, in a defective product accident, by medical malpractice, in a boating or watercraft accident, or in any other situation that’s left you severely harmed, call on the Hollander Law Firm’s experience. Your consultation with Attorney Hollander is free of charge, and you pay us nothing if we don’t make a financial recovery for you.