What You Need To Know About Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents can lead to devastating injuries. These occur when a vehicle loses control and begins to roll, landing on the roof and back again with its occupants inside. When it comes to severity, rollover accidents are second only to head-on collisions according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA. Rollover accidents account for just 2.1% of all car accident types in the United States, and in 70% of fatal rollover accident cases, the occupants of the vehicle were not wearing their seatbelt.

During the 1990’s, there was a spike in rollover accidents and this is largely attributed to the rise in popularity of SUVs. While SUVs are somewhat more prone to rollover accidents when compared to other types of vehicles, any vehicle can find itself in a rollover accident if the conditions are right.

What Causes Rollover Accidents?

To avoid the most severe injuries in a rollover accident, occupants and drivers of a vehicle should always wear their seatbelt any time the vehicle is in motion. But how do we avoid rollover accidents? While not all rollover accidents can be avoided, some conditions or situations that may be more likely to lead to a rollover accident are:

Speed – Speeding and reckless driving are a factor in over 40% of all rollover accidents. Typically, when curvy country roads have a speed limit of 55 miles per hour or more, rollover accidents are likely to occur, and this is largely due to speed combining with unexpected or unprepared for curves in the road. To avoid rollover accidents, it’s important to take turns and curves at a safe speed.

• Shifting center of gravity – When any vehicle makes a turn, its center of gravity begins to shift to one side. When a car goes too quickly around a turn, this center of gravity shift happens rapidly, causing the car to tip over and roll. While this center of gravity issue is more prevalent in trucks, vans, and SUVs, it can occur in just about any type of vehicle.

• Defective vehicular design – In some instances, it may be an issue with the vehicle and not an issue with the driver. A faulty or defective vehicle design could lead to a higher center of gravity and therefore a higher risk of unexpected rollovers.

• Defective or aged tires – Your tires are supposed to help your vehicle grip to the road beneath, but tires that are defective or old and worn cannot do this as effectively as they should. In these instances, your vehicle may lose its grip on the road and begin to tip to one side.

• Tripping – Just as we can trip on a curb leading up to the sidewalk, so can our vehicles. In 90% of all rollover crashes according to the NHTSA the vehicle that suffered the rollover accident was performing a routine maneuver during the time of the accident. When a vehicle tire hits a curb, mound, or sharp bump during a routine driving maneuver, it may roll over to one side leading to a rollover crash.

• Wet road conditions – When driving in the rain, there are a number of things drivers should be extra cautious about, and rollover accidents are one of them. Slippery pavement and wet leaves can lead vehicles to losing traction with the road during shifts in gravity, leading to rollover crashes.

If you’ve been in a rollover crash, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call us at JusticePays.com today to see how we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.


Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.


Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office



3550 S Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor Sarasota Florida 34239

Bradenton Office



5291 Office Park Blvd. Bradenton Florida 34203

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg


6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Venice Office



3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office



2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte


3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office



10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers


8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office



5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.