“Rollover accidents are particularly dangerous and often lead to fatalities. Whether they are multi-vehicle accidents or single-vehicle accidents, they may be caused by poorly designed or maintained roadways, a failure on the part of mechanics when vehicles are serviced, worn or defective tires, or poor vehicle manufacture or design,” said Florida Vehicle Rollovers Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Several rollover accidents have already occurred in 2019, including these two:
- On April 20, 2019, NBC2 News reported on a deadly rollover accident on US41 in North Fort Myers. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 36-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were killed in the crash.
- WINK News reported on May 10, 2019, that a 32-year-old driver was killed in a crash on I-75 in Charlotte County. An FHP press release said the Toyota was driving in the outside lane, northbound on I-75, when it exited the road. It subsequently went onto the paved shoulder, then the grass shoulder, and turned onto its left side, hitting a concrete pole. The FHP reported the tires on the Toyota were in poor condition, which was a contributor to the crash since the roads were wet.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes, and there are 6 main factors contributing to rollover accidents:
- Vehicle Type – Because of their height and shape, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans have an increased risk of rolling over in an accident because of their centers of gravity.
- Speeding – Excessive speed is involved in 40 percent of fatal rollover accidents. NHTSA reports that 75 percent of fatal rollovers occur on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
- Driving Under the Influence – Approximately 50 percent of all fatal rollover crashes involve an intoxicated driver losing control of his or her vehicle.
- Rural Roads – NHTSA reports that 75 percent of fatal rollovers happen on rural roads. Rural roads tend not to have the same safety measures, such as clear divisions and barriers, which help decrease the risk of rollover accidents.
- Routine Driving – Data suggests that more than 90 percent of fatal, single-vehicle rollover accidents involve a driver doing routine driving maneuvers, such as driving straight ahead or taking curves or turns on the road. NHTSA infers that driver behavior, such as distractions, plays a role in these accidents.
- Single-Car Accidents – Close to 85 percent of all rollover accident fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in a rollover accident, please contact our experienced team of attorneys. We are available to assist you 24/7, and there are not costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.