video calls availableFree Consultation
Get a Free Consultation
Florida Attorneys Karina Perez Ilić and Silvia Amador Brett sitting at table in front of red brick wall

What is a Rollover Accident?

Get a Free Consultation
Posted on February 9, 2024

What is a Rollover Accident?

A rollover accident is a type of car accident in which one of the vehicles tips over onto its side or roof.

Rollover accidents often involve only one vehicle, like when a car runs off the road.

Common Causes of Rollover Accidents

Common causes of rollover accidents include:

  • Sharp turns
  • Abrupt lane changes
  • Soft road edges
  • Tripping mechanisms like curbs or guardrails
  • and losing control while driving at a high speed

The physics of a rollover accident involves the car’s lateral tire grip being exceeded by other forces on the vehicle.

SUVs and trucks are at higher risk of rollover accidents than cars due to their higher centers of gravity. However, any vehicle can experience a rollover in dangerous circumstances.

Injuries Related to Rollover Accidents

The rolling motion itself rarely causes serious injuries – the greatest danger is being ejected from the vehicle or crushed by the vehicle’s weight.

Injuries like spinal cord paralysis and traumatic brain injuries are more common when passengers aren’t wearing seatbelts since they are more likely to be fully or partially ejected.

Cars with advanced safety features like electronic stability control and side curtain airbags can help prevent rollovers and protect occupants if one occurs. These features are widely available in newer cars, trucks, and SUVs.

If you’re injured in a rollover accident, call (813) 471-4444 for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer.

What is a Rollover Accident