Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle is tipped on its side or roof during a crash. This can result in serious injuries, especially if the vehicle rolls over more than once. Rollover accidents are most common in single car accidents, but certain vehicles and conditions make it easier to roll over.
How do rollover accidents happen?
Rollover accidents are most common in SUVs, trucks and vans—high profile vehicles with a higher center of gravity. While most newer vehicles do have advanced safety features to prevent rollover accidents, they’re not foolproof.
Vehicles are more likely to flip during:
- Speeding: Taking a tight curve too quickly can cause your tires to lose their grip on the road, leading to rollovers.
- Tripping: A vehicle can “trip” when it hits an obstacle, such as a curb, large pothole or ditch. This causes its weight to shift to the side and may cause it to roll before you can regain balance.
- Inclement weather: Rainy, slick roads make it easier for vehicles to tip over, especially if they’re speeding.
- Vehicle crashes: If another vehicle hits yours forcefully enough, it may cause yours to roll over.
How to avoid rollover accidents
To lessen the likelihood of a rollover accident, be sure to follow speed limits and avoid taking turns too quickly. Take care not to overload your vehicle, which can change the center of gravity and cause an imbalance.
Keeping your vehicle and tires well-maintained can also help avoid rollover accidents. Be sure they’re properly inflated and the tread isn’t worn down. Finally, consider upgrading to a vehicle with advanced anti-rollover safety features.
If you’ve been injured in a rollover accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact a trusted Sarasota, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.