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Personal Injuries in Rollover Accidents

While it is possible for nearly any vehicle to roll over, most frequently, taller, narrower vehicles such as pickups, SUVs, and vans are more susceptible than traditional cars are due to a higher center of gravity. Sideways forces which develop when a car or truck shifts the center of gravity to one side can negatively affect a vehicle's balance.

These swift transitions can cause a pendulum effect eventually causing a loss of control. For single-vehicle rollovers, the causes are slightly different. A single-vehicle roll over is usually caused when the vehicle "trips" on something, like when it swerves into a pothole, soft roadside shoulder, or curb. According to government research, roughly 95 percent of rollovers are the result of trips.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 35 percent of all fatalities are the result of a rollover, even though rollovers make up a mere 4 percent of all crashes. Roll overs can result in several serious injuries.  If a seat belt restraint fails to function properly, passengers may be ejected from the vehicle. Also, a rollover vehicle’s roof may collapse and crush the passengers inside.

Navigating rollover claims can be stressful and somewhat technical. These claims require the careful attention of a skilled personal injury attorney.

Personal Injury Attorney for Rollover Accidents in Brevard County, FL

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, James B. Coulter understand the pain and suffering a rollover can cause, which is why he is prepared to handle all the details of this type of complex case for you. At your free consultation, he will go over all the details and answer your questions to see if you have a case.

Call an attorney for a rollover accident resulting in serious personal injury in Satellite Beach, FL, and the surrounding cities in Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

James Coulter also represents clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Osceola County, Volusia County, Indian River County, and Orange County, Florida. Contact The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 today for your free consultation.


Types of Vehicle Rollovers Causing Personal Injury

According to NHTSA data, 95 percent of single vehicle rollovers are tripped rollovers. Tipped rollovers occur when a vehicle leaves the road and slides sideways, then digs its tires into soft soil or hits an object such as a guardrail. The three types of tripped rollovers include the following:

  • Steep Slope Rollover: Typically occurring off road, this is when a driver drives downhill and picks up speed then unsuccessfully attempts to turn. Due to the momentum, the vehicle rolls over. These types of roll overs can also happen if an incline slope is too steep.
  • Soft Soil Rollover: This type of rollover occurs when a vehicle swerves and the driver attempts to regain control of the vehicle. The driver then steers too sharply and one of the vehicle’s wheels dig into soil shoulder, a guardrail, pavement surface, banks or a curb.
  • Guardrail Rollover: This occurs when the front of car rides up a guardrail in an upward ramp like motion, thus causing the car to roll over and become airborne

Unlike tripped accidents, un-tripped vehicle rollovers are less common occurring in less than 5 percent of rollover accidents. Occurring most frequently in top-heavy vehicles, these rollovers occur when a vehicle avoids a collision at a high speed and the maneuver causes the rollover.

When a rollover accident occurs, the injuries can be extremely severe and may include any of the following:

  • Fractures
  • Serious lacerations
  • Head and Brain Injuries
  • Neck Injury
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Death
  • Internal Organ Damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia

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More Resources on Rollover Accidents

Consumer Reports on Rollover Crashes - Visit this organization’s site to find information on how rollovers happen and what can be done to avoid them. Also, this site provides helpful hints and tricks with regards to preventing and surviving rollovers. It gives information on the importance of seat belts and how the newer car models are usually the most up to date in regards to safety precautions. This site explains the importance of tires and ensuring that tire pressure complies with the owner’s manual suggestions. Replacing tires and maintaining tread are also issues addressed by this site.

Statistics on Motor Vehicle Accidents in Florida - Search the website of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for general reports and statistics on motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida. The website of the DHSMV also provides the most recent, up to date reports on traffic statistics, the number of fatalities by year, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian involved accidents, bicycling accidents, and other related types of traffic accidents throughout the state. Florida’s Highway Safety site also provides additional resources to find more studies on traffic accidents, prevention, and methods to reduce risky driving on the road. 


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Find a Personal Injury Attorney for Rollover Accidents in Brevard County,

Rollover accidents are some of the deadliest forms of motor vehicle accidents. When a large vehicle rolls over, the people inside are usually severely injured. For individuals injured in rollover accidents throughout Brevard County, help is available at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter.

James Coulter represents clients in personal injury cases in Satellite Beach in Brevard County and the surrounding areas including Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

With offices in Satellite Beach, FL, James Coulter also represents clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Contact The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to set up your free consultation to talk with a personal injury lawyer about your case.

This article was last updated on Friday, October 14, 2016.

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