It’s Always Serious When A Vehicle Rolls Over
One of the most common types of injury in Florida is related to vehicular accidents. Throughout the streets and highways of the state, drivers regularly get into collisions with other vehicles, lose control due to weather or road conditions, and sustain injuries to themselves and others as a result. However, because there are so many different permutations to the way a traffic accident can occur, that also means there are a variety of different ways that injuries occur as well. A vehicle rollover is one of the more serious ones.
Too Much Force Too Fast
There are two basic forces of physics at work when a vehicle rolls over. The first is inertia, which is a basic law of physics that describes how any object will keep doing whatever it is doing unless another force acts on it. This means that if a car is going quickly forward, you must, through the use of brakes and/or the steering while, apply different forces to get the car to change direction or slow down.
The second physics characteristic is the center of mass. This is the area of a physical structure, such as a car, van, or truck, where force must be applied to move the object forward, without causing it to move in other di-rections. A vehicle rollover occurs when the inertia of a vehicle is not aligned with the center of mass, and so the vehicle can no longer maintain balance.
Rollovers can occur in a few ways. It’s possible for a rollover to occur with no other vehicles present, such as if a driver is speeding, and then attempts to turn too sharply, disrupting the center of mass and causing a car to flip or rollover. However, rollovers can also occur under the right circumstances in a collision, if two or more vehicles impact in such a way as to apply the force that causes a vehicle to overturn and roll.
When this occurs, the greatest danger to occupants in a car is not the force of a collision from another vehicle, but the damage sustained by impacting against the interior of the vehicle itself. Among the possible injuries that can be sustained are conditions like:
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Head or traumatic brain injury
Moreover, others. Depending on whether seat belts were used, the presence or absence of airbags in the vehicle, and the number of times the vehicle rolls over; injuries can range from light scratches and bruises to potentially permanent, crippling injuries, and even death.
Taking Proper Action
If you have been injured in a vehicle rollover accident, and someone else is at fault for causing that accident, you don’t have to—and should not have to—shoulder the burden of recovery alone. If someone else has caused your injuries, that someone should be legally and financially accountable for your recovery. However, if that other party is unwilling to accept that responsibility, the courts can enforce that obligation.
Talk to a rollover accident attorney, who has a clear understanding of auto accident law, the nuances of injuries in this specific case, and what your options are, to find out the best way to proceed and get what is owed to you.