Rollover accidents are some of the most dangerous incidents, having a higher fatality rate than other car accidents. Although only a little over 2% of car crashes involve a rollover, nearly 35% of the deaths do, meaning that rollovers have a much higher fatality rate. About 40% of fatal rollover accidents are caused or aggravated by speeding, and 69% of rollover fatalities were caused or aggravated by not wearing safety belts.
Each year more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported across the US, claiming more than 10,000 lives. Although only 8% of vehicles involved in an accident end up in a rollover, they are responsible for 20% of serious traffic injuries and 30% of deaths. According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2010 only 2.17% of the state's accidents involved rollover crashes, yet 11.43% of accident fatalities were caused by rollovers.
Most fatal rollover accidents are single vehicle crashes that occur on weekend nights. Drivers are often males under 25 who drive at high speed and who are under the influence of alcohol.
While SUVs are much more likely to be involved in serious rollover accidents, one of the major causes of death in these crashes is vehicle occupants being ejected from the car, if they are not wearing the seat belt. If you’ve suffered injuries in a rollover car accident due to another driver’s negligence in Miami, The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can provide you an efficient investigation and legal representation.