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Rollover Accidents Blog Post

Two Hurt in Florida SUV Rollover

The popularity of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) is undeniable as millions of Americans have bought them for their spacious interiors and versatile capabilities. However, despite their many benefits, SUVs are more likely to be involved rollover accidents than other vehicles on the road, so if your SUV comes into contact with another vehicle or something else, the injuries to you and your passengers might be more severe than they would in a different type of car or truck. 

One such SUV rollover occurred in Seminole County, when contact from another vehicle forced the SUV to overturn off of the road. Two adults and two children were hurt, with three of the victims suffering serious traumatic injuries. Even if you drive an SUV and are aware of the rollover danger, you might not be certain to why these vehicles are more likely to flip. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Higher center of gravity — A principal reason that SUVs are more susceptible to rollovers is that they have a higher center of gravity than other passenger vehicles. SUVs typically have taller profiles and sit a greater distance the ground, making them more top-heavy. This imbalance increases the risk of tipping over, especially during quick maneuvers or turns.
  • Narrower track width — In addition to their elevated center of gravity, SUVs often have a narrower distance between the left and right wheels. The term for this distance is “track width.”  A narrower track width can reduce stability, particularly when navigating sharp curves or encountering uneven terrain.  
  • Overloading and improper loading — Many SUV drivers use their vehicles to transport heavy loads or tow trailers, exceeding the manufacturer's recommended weight limits. Overloading an SUV can further elevate its center of gravity, making it more prone to rollovers, especially in emergency situations where quick maneuvers are necessary. Improperly loading cargo on the roof can also impact stability, increasing the risk of rollovers.
  • Speed and driver behavior — Speeding and aggressive driving behaviors significantly increase the likelihood of rollover accidents, regardless of the vehicle type. However, SUVs may be more susceptible due to their inherent design characteristics. Excessive speed and sudden lane changes can upset the balance of an SUV, leading to loss of control.

While SUVs offer numerous advantages, it's crucial for drivers to recognize the potential risks associated with these vehicles and take proactive measures to mitigate them. Maintaining proper tire pressure, avoiding overloading and practicing safe driving habits can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious crash. However, if you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV rollover accident, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh is here to help. Please call 941-954-1234 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.

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