In order to answer this question, it is important to first define a rollover crash. A rollover crash is when a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof. While it may seem like smaller vehicles would be at an increased risk for being in a rollover because they weigh less than large busses, the truth is that larger vehicles can turn over easier than smaller ones.
Typically, larger vehicles like buses are more likely to be involved in rollover crashes due to their higher centers of gravity, higher ground clearance, taller bodies, steering sensitivity, and narrow axle track. In addition to these factors, there are several other reasons why a bus would rollover, including:
- Colliding with another vehicle
- Side-impact crash, which can accelerate a bus sideways
- One tire comes in contact with a curb, causing one side of the bus to accelerate upwards
- One tire hits a large obstacle or uneven terrain
- Driver fails to round the corner correctly
- Driver loses control of the vehicle and the bus becomes unstable
- Driver is speeding
- Bus crosses a ditch or steep slope
When a large bus such as a tour bus or motor coach is involved in a rollover crash in the Sarasota area, it is possible that the bus driver was negligent in handling the vehicle or that the manufacturer was negligent in designing the vehicle. Passengers on busses often suffer serious injuries in bus accidents and should know about their rights to holding negligent parties accountable. To learn about your rights following a bus accident, we invite you to order a free copy of our book, What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck, or Bike Accident.