Rollover accidents are one of the most dangerous and injurious types of auto accidents. In 2012, 6,763 people died in rollover traffic crashes, down from 8,998 fatalities in 2003, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Below, we discuss some of the causes of these dangerous crashes and the types of legal options victims or their families might have to recover damages related to the accident.
Understanding Vehicle Rollover Accident Cases
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Approximately 95 percent of rollover accidents are attributed to “tripping,” according to an NHTSA report involving accidents in the early to mid-1990s. When a vehicle hits any of the following, tripping and rollover can occur.
- Soft shoulder of the road
- Snow banks
Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, may be more likely to roll over than others. SUVs had the highest rollover involvement rate of any vehicle type in fatal crashes at 31 percent. This was followed by 26 percent for pickup trucks. Next were passenger cars at 16 percent, and 15 percent for vans. Meanwhile, negligent driving may cause rollover accidents in some cases.
Factors that Contribute to Rollovers
In addition to a high center of gravity, there are several factors that may increase risk of rollover accidents.
- Driving at a high speed
- Presence of tripping mechanisms (poor road maintenance, uneven pavement, etc.)
- Being struck by another vehicle from the side
- Jerking the wheel suddenly
- Making a sharp, fast turn
- Riding in rural areas
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather conditions, particularly ice and snow
- Tire failure
Can rollover accident victims sue?
When someone is injured in a rollover accident, filing a suit might be plausible if there was negligence involved or if there was some type of manufacturing defect or a defective design. If the tires were defective and contributed to the rollover, for instance, the victim might be able to file a claim against the tire manufacturer. If another driver was speeding and struck a vehicle, causing a rollover accident, then that negligent driver may be liable for any damages he or she caused.
Proving liability for a manufacturer defect may require proving the existence of the defect and that it caused the wreck, not that the manufacturer was negligent. Proving liability of a negligent driver requires proving that the driver was negligent (acted recklessly or failed to exercise reasonable care) and that the negligence caused the wreck.
If successful, victims of rollover accidents caused by another party may recover damages like medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and more. Families of victims killed in rollovers may recover compensation in a wrongful death claim, which they should review with an attorney.
Victims should consult an accident attorney to determine legal options following their accident. An attorney can review the details surrounding the accident, determine if the case is valid and worth pursuing, and advise on the next steps to take. Lawyers can be instrumental in collecting evidence that establishes negligence and then presenting a case to an insurance company, a judge or a jury to prove liability and the extent and amount of damages that the victim should recover.
Our Approach to Vehicle Rollover Accident Cases
At Ron Meyers & Associates, we understand the unique challenges and complexities that come with vehicle rollover accident cases. These accidents often result in severe injuries and substantial damages, and our approach is centered around helping victims and their families navigate this difficult terrain with care, expertise, and determination.
- Thorough Investigation: Our first step is to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the rollover accident. We leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence, including accident reports, witness statements, and expert opinions. This meticulous approach allows us to establish liability and build a strong case on your behalf.
- Expert Legal Guidance: Rollover accidents can involve various legal nuances, especially when it comes to proving negligence or manufacturing defects. Our team of experienced attorneys specializes in personal injury law and has a deep understanding of the complexities involved. We provide expert legal guidance tailored to your specific case.
- Compassionate Support: We understand that vehicle rollover accidents can have profound physical, emotional, and financial consequences for victims and their families. Our compassionate team is here to provide the support you need during this challenging time. We listen to your concerns, address your questions, and keep you informed every step of the way.
- Strong Advocacy: When dealing with insurance companies or pursuing legal action, having a strong advocate on your side is crucial. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and interests, whether it’s negotiating with insurers for fair compensation or representing you in court if necessary. Our goal is to secure the maximum possible settlement or verdict for your case.
- Personalized Solutions: Every rollover accident case is unique, and we approach each one with a personalized strategy. We work closely with you to understand your specific needs and goals, tailoring our legal approach accordingly. Our focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.
- Results-Driven: Throughout our decades of legal practice, we have built a strong track record of success in handling vehicle rollover accident cases. We are results-driven and committed to obtaining the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
At Ron Meyers & Associates, we believe that those who have suffered due to rollover accidents deserve justice and fair compensation. Our approach combines legal expertise, compassionate support, and unwavering advocacy to help you on the path to recovery.
If you’ve been involved in a vehicle rollover accident, we invite you to contact our dedicated team for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us discuss the details of your case and explain how we can assist you in seeking the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us today at 844-920-2438. Your journey to recovery begins here.
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How Ron Meyers & Associates Can Help with Vehicle Rollover Accident Cases
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Dealing with the aftermath of a vehicle rollover accident can be an overwhelming and challenging experience. At Ron Meyers & Associates, we are here to provide the expert legal guidance and support you need during this difficult time.
If you need to speak with a lawyer about your rollover accident, call an injury lawyer at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC. Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation at 844-920-2438 to discuss the details and specifics of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vehicle Rollover Accident Cases
After a rollover accident, your safety should be your top priority. Ensure that everyone in your vehicle is safe and seek medical attention for any injuries. Contact law enforcement to report the accident. Gather information about the accident, including photographs, witness contact details, and any relevant documents. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Determining liability in a rollover accident can be complex. Liability may depend on various factors, such as the cause of the accident, road conditions, and the actions of other drivers. An experienced attorney can investigate your case, gather evidence, and help establish liability. This may involve reviewing accident reports, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
Yes, you can potentially sue for a rollover accident even if you weren’t the driver. If you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another party injured in a rollover accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Consulting with an attorney is advisable to assess your legal options.
In a rollover accident claim, you may be eligible to recover various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and more. The specific damages you can recover will depend on the circumstances of your case and the extent of your injuries. Consulting with an attorney can help you understand the potential compensation available to you.
The statute of limitations for filing a rollover accident claim can vary by state, and it may also depend on the specifics of your case. It’s essential to consult with an attorney promptly to determine the applicable deadline for your claim. Failing to file within the statute of limitations may result in losing your right to seek compensation.
It’s crucial not to accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without consulting an attorney. Insurance companies may offer settlements that do not fully cover your losses. An attorney can assess the fairness of the offer and negotiate on your behalf to secure a more equitable settlement that considers all your current and future expenses.
If your rollover accident resulted from a defective vehicle component, such as faulty tires or a design flaw, you may have grounds for a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the defective part. These cases can be complex, and it’s essential to consult with an attorney experienced in product liability claims.
An experienced attorney can provide invaluable assistance by investigating your case, establishing liability, negotiating with insurance companies, and advocating for your rights. They can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and pursue fair compensation, whether through settlement negotiations or litigation, if necessary.