If you were injured in a rollover accident, do not wait to call an attorney. The Florida rollover accident attorneys at Anidjar & Levine can quickly help you get back on your feet.
Close to 10 million people are killed in rollover accidents each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 55% of fatalities in single-car crashes involved rollovers. Approximately 80% of the people who died in rollover accidents were not wearing seat belts; over half died after being ejected from the car. Larger vehicles, including SUVs, have a disproportionately higher rate of rollovers than lighter cars. In fact, rollover accidents involving SUVs account for up to 78% of traffic fatalities in the United States.
Rollover accidents can be caused by the negligence of another driver or by a manufacturing defect. Sometimes, they are caused by both. Negligent driving occurs when the driver is intoxicated or fails to pay attention, becoming distracted instead by cell phones, radio controls, and other non-driving activities. Negligent drivers are liable for any damage they cause. A manufacturing defect occurs when the car or one of its parts does not function properly, causing it to roll over. Manufacturers are strictly liable for injuries caused by the defective product.
Florida law requires drivers to report any crashes involving damage to person or property, including rollover accidents. Section 316.027 of the Florida Statutes provides that in any accident resulting in bodily injury or death, drivers must immediately stop the car at the scene of the accident and remain there until they fulfill their duty to “give information and render aid.” This includes exchanging information with other drivers and cooperating with police officers investigating the accident. In addition, the driver must help “carry” the injured party to the hospital or otherwise “make arrangements” for the injured victim to receive medical treatment.
Florida law also protects victims injured in rollover accidents caused by a product defect. The state’s product liability laws recognize that manufacturers are in the best position to correct product defects or at least warn of their potential risks. In the case of rollovers, this means researching an SUV’s potential stability problems and implementing any alterations that would make the vehicle safer. Manufacturers who refuse to install recommended safety devices to protect profits are strictly liable for any injuries that result. That means injured parties can recover compensation from liable manufacturers without proving negligence.
In rollover accidents, the injured party is entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. In product liability cases, the court may also award punitive damages to deter manufacturers from engaging in future reprehensible conduct.
If you were injured in a rollover accident, the experienced Florida rollover accident attorneys of Anidjar & Levine can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We have successfully handled numerous personal injury and product liability cases involving rollovers, recovering millions of dollars for injured victims throughout Florida. Call (800) 747-FREE (3733) for a confidential consultation or Contact Us online.