Some statistics show that most Americans will be in a motor vehicle accident every 8 years. If you are ever in an accident, you know how traumatic and scary they can be, even if they are minor. Rollover accidents are some of the scariest and deadliest types of accidents to be in. Approximately, 8 percent of cars and light trucks involved in an accident roll over at least one-quarter turn; yet they result in 21 percent of serious injuries and 31 percent of vehicle fatalities. Large trucks are even more susceptible to roll in an accident, which can cause significantly more damage.
Rollover Accident Statistics
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there are approximately 4,000 fatal auto accidents in Florida every year. Of those, approximately 350 are fatal truck accidents. Many truck accident fatalities occur during rollover accidents. High profile vehicles like semi-trucks have a higher center of gravity and are more susceptible to rollover accidents.
- People in 78 percent of single vehicle fatal rollover accidents were not wearing their seatbelts
- 64 percent were partially or completely ejected from the vehicle
- Approximately 55 percent of semi truck fatalities occur in rollover accidents
Types of Rollover Accidents
There are two types of rollover accidents:
A tripping accident may involve a curb, a soft shoulder, or even another vehicle that causes the top of the vehicle to end up on its side or worse. Non-tripping accidents typically occur during adverse weather and involve the tires loosing their grip on the road.
Factors in Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are complex and involve many factors. Some of the primary factors include:
- Vehicle speed
- Wheel traction
- Vehicle center of gravity
- Road and weather conditions
Other factors may be harder to evaluate, but should come up in litigation. Manufacturing defects and design flaws of vehicles or tires may be partially to blame for an accident. In those instances, a third party may also be liable for damages in a truck accident lawsuit.
All car and truck accidents are complex events that require investigation to determine ultimate responsibility. If you were involved in a rollover accident, or any other type of accident in the Orlando area, please contact a Florida rollover accident attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright for a free consultation. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.