Florida Rollover Car Accidents
The busy and crowded nature of Florida’s roads is well known, especially to locals, but when accidents do happen, it can be shocking how serious the injuries can be. One of the most serious types of accidents that occurs on Florida roads is the rollover crash, where the vehicle flips onto its top or side after impact. Because of the violence of these crashes, the injuries sustained in a rollover accident can be extensive and life-changing. If you have experienced a rollover crash due to someone else’s negligence, contacting a personal injury attorney is a good idea.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
There are many different possible factors that can result in a rollover accident, many of which tend to reappear in accident reports over and over again. Some include speeding (and other types of reckless driving), substance abuse (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost half of all fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol), and location (that is, rural versus urban roads). Any or all of these factors can cause a serious crash.
That said, not every rollover accident is caused by someone’s negligence – sometimes a rogue patch of ice on the road or a hidden curb or bump in the pavement will trip a vehicle into rolling over. In addition, sometimes rollovers are caused by the injured driver themselves, either through negligence or outright recklessness. However, many rollover crashes are caused by the negligence of other people, including some that later get classified as single-vehicle accidents. Every case is different, and ensuring that you have someone on your side who can investigate the circumstances is crucial.
Can I Even File?
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, know that there are often several different legal theories under which you may be able to recover compensation for the injuries you suffered. Most people bring auto accident cases under a theory of negligence, but this is not always going to be the best avenue for everyone. For example, if you believe that your rollover accident occurred due to faulty brakes in your car, you may be able to file suit against, say, the person who installed the brakes, under a theory of product liability.
Be advised that in many situations, you will not be able to file a Florida lawsuit against the person or people who may have helped cause your accident. Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that any automobile accident on Florida roads should be paid by no-fault insurance that every driver in the state is, at least in theory, required to have, as opposed to clogging the District Court docket. There are exceptions to this rule – for example, if your injuries were particularly severe, you have the right to file suit to recover for the serious injuries you have sustained – but as a rule, the no-fault system carries.
Contact An Orlando Rollover Accident Attorney
Rollover accidents are terrifying, and if you are lucky enough to survive one, any injuries that it left behind will likely be quite severe. The Orlando car accident lawyers at the Hornsby Law Group can help you try to figure out your options, and who to file suit against if it is determined the situation warrants it. Contact our offices today to speak to an attorney.