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Roll-over Collisions


Personal Injury

The Automobile Collision Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. represent the victims and family members of those injured or killed in vehicle roll-over accidents that were caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another. Roll-over Collisions can be particularly devastating, because they are more likely to result in fatality than in any other type of auto crash.

According to a decade long study conducted by the NHTSA, one-third of all passenger vehicle crashes involving a fatality were associated with rollover collisions. This figure is astounding, given that rollover accidents, on average, account for only 2-3% of all auto crashes.

Most vehicle rollovers involve single-vehicle collisions. Lane departure is the most commonly identified cause of single-car rollovers crashes. Similar to head-on collisions, there are a variety of reasons why a motorist may depart from a travel lane, many of which are associated with careless, reckless, or aggressive driving. Specific examples of driver negligence include drunk driving, speeding, driver-fatigue, and distracted driving.

With regard to collisions in which two or more vehicles are involved, roll-overs can occur as a result of a side-swipe collision following an improper lane change along a highway. In addition, intersection accidents in which one vehicle strikes another at a right-angle, aka T-bone collision, can often cause a vehicle to roll. The consequences of a multiple-vehicle pile-up, whether due to chain-reaction collisions, or motorist action in attempting to avoid an existing pile-up, can also result in vehicle rollovers.

In both single and multiple-vehicle collisions, vehicle maneuvering prior to initial harmful event, as well as corrective action attempted following the critical event, have been identified as leading causes of vehicle rollovers. In some case, weather-related factors, which can create visibility issues or dangerous roadway surface conditions, can combine with motorist negligence, to cause or contribute to a roll-over crash. Although less common, some roll-overs occur due to some intervening cause, such as vehicle malfunction, medical emergency, or an obstruction in the roadway.

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The type of vehicle involved can play a significant role in both the likelihood of a roll-over collision, as well as the extent of injury sustained. As a general rule, the larger the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll. Further, according to Traffic Safety Facts provided by the NHSTA,

“SUVs had the highest rollover involvement rate of any vehicle type in fatal crashes — 33 percent, as compared with 28 percent for pickups, 17 percent for vans, and 17 percent for passenger cars. SUVs also had the highest rollover rate for passenger vehicles in injury crashes — 10 percent, compared with 7 percent for pickups, 4 percent for vans, and 4 percent for passenger cars.”

Largely due to the correlation between rollovers and risk of ejection from vehicle, the use of safety restraints is an additional variable which can greatly impact the severity of injury or risk of fatality in a rollover crash. Studies have shown that vehicle occupants involved in rollover collisions are nearly 3 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle, than in a non-rollover accident.

Regardless of the vehicle type, seatbelt use, and even vehicle safety components, such as airbags or roll-bars, the fact remains that rollover collisions have been consistently recognized as the most dangerous type of traffic collisions involving one or more automobiles. As previously discussed in a post regarding rollover fatalities–while most cars are not equipped with roll-bars, even those that are, are not fully protected from catastrophic injury or fatality.

So remember, there are many factors that can cause or contribute to a rollover collision.  Given that the factual circumstances of nearly every accident are unique, recovery can greatly depend on an attorney’s ability to fully explore every aspect. In addition, roll-over collisions vary from other auto collision, in that they are more commonly associated with personal injury claims involving catastrophic injury, such as wrongful death actions brought forth by the family member(s) of the deceased, which involve distinct legal processes.

The Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. has provided representation to numerous victims of rollover accidents, whether occurring in Gainesville, Ocala, or a surrounding city.  If you were injured, or a loved one was killed, as a result of an automobile collision involving a vehicle rollover, let our team of dedicated accident attorneys review your matter, and explain your legal rights and options to recover compensation for your losses.