About Motor Vehicle Rollover Accidents By Steve Charpentier on April 22, 2013

Auto accidents can be very serious, resulting in major injuries that take people years to recover from. In the most tragic circumstances, these kinds of accidents can result in the death of a driver or the passengers of the vehicle. This is especially true with rollover accidents.

You've likely heard of rollover auto accidents before and understand their severity, but you may have some misconceptions about what causes these accidents to happen. Our Melbourne personal injury attorneys would like to take a few minutes right now to go over the basics of vehicle rollovers so you have a good idea of what they involve and how they may impact you and the people that you love.

What are vehicle rollover accidents?

A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle turns in such a way that the vehicle tips over onto its own roof. Rollover accidents are most commonly associated with SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and minivans.

Our Melbourne auto accident attorneys have helped numerous clients in these sorts of legal matters over the years. It's estimated that more than a quarter-million rollover accidents occur in the United States every year.

Causes of Vehicle Rollovers

Vehicle rollovers occur as a result of a high center of gravity and changes in a vehicle's weight distribution. Rollovers usually happen when a vehicle is making a turn. This sort of accident is also common when a motorist overcorrects his or her vehicle.

Because of their high ground clearance than other vehicles, four-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs are more likely to experience these sorts of accidents than others. Should you or a loved one become injured in such an accident, you should contact our Central Florida personal injury attorneys right away.

Common Injuries Associated with Vehicle Rollover Accidents

Some of the most common injuries associated with rollover accidents include:

  • Severe head and facial trauma
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Brain injury
  • Broken bones

If a vehicle is poorly designed and the roof of said vehicle caves in during the rollover accident, the injuries sustained can be far more serious. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the party responsible for the accident or against the vehicle manufacturer for poor design of the vehicle.

Fatalities and Vehicle Rollover Accidents

Given the severity of the above injuries, it should come as no surprise that fatalities are common for those who are involved in vehicle rollover accidents. Not only will crushed roofs of vehicles often cause fatalities, passengers and drivers can sometimes be thrown out of vehicles during rollover accidents, leading to serious harm.

Should a loved one pass away because of a vehicle rollover, our legal team will assist your with a wrongful death lawsuit.

What Our Legal Team Can Do for Clients and Their Loved Ones

Whether you're dealing with a serious injury or the loss of a loved one, our legal team will help provide you with peace of mind and sound legal guidance. Both will allow you to move forward with the healing process and cope with the many challenges ahead.

To schedule a legal consultation and learn more about your many options, contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today. Our offices are located in Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne.

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