Two people were treated for injuries at the Delray Medical Center after a rollover accident on Florida’s Turnpike in Boca Raton. According to News Channel 5, the accident happened at roughly 7:00 p.m. and luckily rescue were able to stabilized the vehicle and help both of the occupants out of the vehicle.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported in the each and every year. These accidents claim the lives of more than 10,000 lives annually. In 2003, more than 35 percent of all fatal SUV accidents resulted in a rollover. During that same year, about 15 percent of all fatal passenger car accidents resulted in a rollover. It’s because SUVs carry heavier loads and are more likely to be top-heavy that they’re more likely to endure a rollover accident.
Most rollovers occur when a driver loses control of a vehicle, and it begins to slide sideways. When this happens, something can “trip” the vehicle and cause it to roll over.
-Close to 75 percent of vehicle occupants killed in rollover accidents were not wearing their seat belt when the accident happened. About two-thirds were completed ejected from the vehicle.
-Most fatal rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents.
-Rollover accidents cause more injuries and more fatalities than any other type of accidents.
-These accidents account for about a fifth of all fatal accidents.
-The number of fatal SUV rollovers has more than doubled since 1991, growing faster than any other class of light trucks.
-Speed is an important factor in fatal rollover accidents. Most of them happened on roadways where speed limits are 55 mph or faster.
-Taller, narrow vehicles are more likely to roll over than any other type of motor vehicle.
-You’re 75 percent less likely to die in a rollover accident if you’re properly buckled in.
While vehicle manufactures work on perfecting electronic stability control (ECS) systems to help to prevent these kinds of accidents, the most effective measures can be found in a driver’s habits behind the wheel.
Tips for Avoiding a Rollover Accident:
-Always stay in control. This means avoiding things like alcohol, drugs, speeding and driving while drowsy.
-Be sure to keep an eye on your vehicle’s tires. Poorly-maintained tires significantly increase your risks for an accident.
-Be cautious to never overload your SUV. Keep an eye on the manufacturer’s weight limitations.
-Be cautious on rural roads as this is where these kinds of accidents are most likely to occur.
-If your vehicle veers off the road, avoid braking suddenly. The best thing to do is to slow down and to try to ease your way back on to the road. You want to avoid any sudden movements.
-Watch your speed. Fatal rollover crashes are speed-related more often than fatal non-rollover crashes. Some 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding.
-Buckle your seat belt and make sure all passengers do the same.
-Make sure you do your homework before selecting a car for purchase. You can check our safety details through the New Car Assessment Program provided by the NHTSA.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.