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Rollover Car Accident in West Palm Beach: Cause Unknown

After a recent West Palm Beach rollover accident, a man in his 50s had to be rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center. In the accident, he was thrown out of his vehicle, according to a spokesman with the West Palm Beach Police. The accident happened at the intersection of Village Boulevard and 45th Street just before 2:00 p.m., reports The Palm Beach Post.
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Officials have yet to determine the cause of the accident, but reports indicate that the man’s SUV ended up rolling over onto its roof after striking another vehicle at that intersection. Fault has not been determined. The man was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. The two passengers of the other vehicle were transported to Columbia Hospital.

Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that more than four out of every ten Americans think they’re safer in an SUV than in a smaller passenger car, according to the National Consumer Survey. At the same time, about half of Americans don’t consider that loading contributes to the risks of rollover accidents. Sometimes, SUVs provide a false sense of security for drivers. Nearly 40 percent of surveyed drivers said that they felt more powerful behind the wheel of an SUV than behind a smaller passenger car.

Here are the hard facts:

-SUVs rollover much more easily than other kinds of vehicles. Nearly 40 percent of deadly accidents involve a rollover. Less than 20 percent of passenger cars rolled over in the event of a fatal accident.

-SUVs had the highest occupant fatality rate of any kind of vehicle in rollover accidents. The rate was roughly 8 per 100,000 registered vehicles. Pickup trucks have a rate of less than 7, vans at about 3 and passenger cars slightly over 3.

-In 2006, single-vehicle rollover accidents accounted for about 50 percent of driver fatalities in SUVs. This is compared to less than 40 percent with pickup truck drivers and roughly 20 percent in passenger car drivers.

-In 2006, there were nearly 8,100 SUV occupants who died in a motor vehicle accident.

Just last year, there were more than 8,000 people who were killed in SUV rollover accidents. Motorists oftentimes feel a sense of security in these vehicles, but the truth of it is that these vehicles are much more prone to accidents in certain scenarios than other smaller vehicles. Drivers of all vehicles are urged to be cautious on our roadways, regardless of vehicle type. Safe and responsible driving habits may be your best defense in the event of an auto accident, regardless of which vehicle you’re in. Be safe out there!

If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident in West Palm Beach, Weston, Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in the South Florida area, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you understand your rights and are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today to schedule a free and confidential discuss of your case, 1-800-561-7777.

Additional Resources:

West Palm Beach accident sends man to hospital, flips Lexus onto its roof, by Alexandra Seltzer , The Palm Beach Post

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