A Miami woman had to be rescued from her vehicle on Wednesday, March 4. The accident victim became trapped inside her vehicle after a rollover accident occurred on I-95 southbound at around 7:30 a.m. Miami Fire Rescue crews found the woman trapped in her car that had rolled over on its side. Rescue crews were able to extricate the woman from the vehicle, and then transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Another vehicle suffered damages in the accident, but the driver was not injured. Three express lanes on I-95 southbound were closed and three local lanes blocked as emergency crews responded to the scene.
Rollover car accidents like the one described above cause about 30% of all car accident deaths. Our Miami car accident lawyers find those who survive a serious rollover accident are often left with severe and sometimes life threatening injuries. Some rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents, but even in such accidents the driver may not be responsible for the accident. Faulty vehicle designs or defective roadways can contribute to the likelihood of a rollover crash.
The Causes of Rollover Accidents
There are several causes of rollover accidents, some involving just one vehicle and others including multiple vehicles. Tripping is a main cause of rollover accidents. This occurs when the tires on your vehicle strike something, often a curb, soft shoulder, or bump, causing your vehicle to pitch sideways or forward into a roll. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 95 percent of all single vehicle rollover accidents are caused by tripping.
Some of the most common contributing factors in rollover accidents include:
- Hazardous roadways: A lack of warning signs, uneven pavement, poor road maintenance, and other preventable road problems can trigger a trip, leading to serious rollover accidents.
- A high center of gravity: SUVS, trucks, and minivans usually have higher centers of gravity than regular cars, making them more likely to rollover.
- Tire failure: Defective tires can suddenly fail, causing you to lose control of the vehicle. In some cases, defective tires can be the cause of the tripping in and of themselves.
- Multiple vehicle accidents: When any vehicle, but especially an SUV, truck, or other top heavy vehicle, is struck by another vehicle, it can lead to rollovers.
- Speeding or distracted driving: Speed is a common cause of rollover accidents, as drivers traveling at high speeds are less likely to be able to stop to avoid a trip or another vehicle. Distracted driving is another major cause of rollovers because distracted drivers may have their eyes and attention off the road, allowing them to strike an object or other vehicle.
Those injured in a rollover accident should contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. Rollover crash victims may be able to recover from their injuries from the other driver involved, the vehicle or tire manufacturer, or the owner of the defective roadway.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Experienced Representation for Miami Rollover Accident Victims
Rollover accidents commonly result in serious injuries or even death to those involved. These accidents can be the result of negligence on the part of another driver, defective vehicles, or hazardous roadways. If you or a loved one is injured in a rollover accident in South Florida, the Miami automobile accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help. Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will diligently fight for your full recovery. Our dedication and commitment to excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get you the compensation that you deserve.