Two Causes of Rollover Accidents in South Florida
Some of us have driven by crash scenes to see a car resting on its roof, sending chills over our bodies. Some of us have actually been in Florida rollover accidents and can live to tell of the devastation this type of crash causes. Worse yet, other lives have been claimed by the fatal injuries sustained in rollover accidents.
Rollover accidents in South Florida generally occur to sport utility vehicles (SUV) due to their narrower track width and higher center of gravity. However, passenger vehicles have also been involved in rollover accidents.
Rollover crashes are generally different from other accidents in that the injuries sustained in these accidents could have been caused for other reasons. Two main causes of rollover accidents involve manufacturing defects:
- Tire Defects: When tread separation occurs, a tire may blow out without warning, causing a vehicle to rollover.
- Roof Defects: When the SUV or car does flip over onto its roof, the roof needs to be designed with enough strength so that a roof cave in or failure doesn’t occur upon impact.
Sometimes vehicles are not manufactured properly, resulting in unnecessary injuries due to defects in design. When this happens, the car manufacturer or tire manufacturer may be held responsible for the defect in manufacturing or design.
When the roof caves in crushing and trapping the occupants inside, an inspection would be required to determine if there was a defective design of the roof. If it is determined that the injuries to the occupants in the vehicle were a result of the design defect, then those injured would have a case against the manufacturer for injuries and damages.
The same can be said for defective tires. Tires are extremely important to the safety of everyone traveling in the vehicle and are literally where the rubber meets the road. Because tires are the point of contact with the road, they need to be made precisely and with great care. When poor materials are used during the construction of the tire, or the tire was improperly designed, it can cause the tire to explode and the car to lose control, resulting in a rollover accident.