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Rollover Accidents - Following a CrashRollover accidents are most common with SUVs and trucks. Cars may rollover as well, but it us more often than not because of a high impact that causes a flip. The injuries that can arise from rollover accidents could be extensive and may even be fatal. Unfortunately, too many individuals take SUVs out off-roading or onto the road in dangerous weather conditions, believing they will be innately safe. Not all SUVs are built for such trekking, and it can be extremely dangerous to drive anywhere but the road. Further, accidents can happen, causing the vehicles to flip and roll with more ease than other cars. If you have been involved in a rollover crash, you should pursue legal compensation with the help of one of our skilled lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles, California.

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents usually occur with SUVs that have a high center of gravity. The vehicles will fall onto their sides or roll onto their roofs; in the worst cases, the cars continue to roll, leading to extensive damage to the roof and increasing the chance of fatal injuries to the passengers. Unfortunately, few SUVs have adequate rollbars built into them to prevent the roof from sustaining the brunt of the force and absorbing all the damage. Some reasons rollovers happen include:
  • Drivers take turns too narrowly, leading to tipping over and rolling
  • Vehicles lose control while off-road and on uneven terrain
  • Slick roads and inclement weather cause a vehicle to slip and swerve, eventually rolling over
  • Poor suspension systems to accommodate the vehicles
  • Faulty or malfunctioning brakes to stop the cars from losing control
All too often, SUVs are recalled for the various design flaws found in them. Still, not everyone returns the vehicles; many wind up using them without any knowledge that there are dangers present, and as a result, suffer various injuries.

Types of Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents are dangerous. According to the National Highway Safety Administration rollover accident have a higher fatality rate that most other kinds of roadway crashes. Rollover accidents accounted for 35% of all roadway deaths. There are two main types of roadway rollover accidents. A Detailed description of each one is provided below.  More information on Rollover Safety Can be found here. Tipped Rollover Accidents: According to government statistics ‘Tipped’ rollovers account for nearly 95% of all Rollover crashes. A Tipped rollover accident takes place when a vehicle slides sideways as it leaves the roadway into a non paved surface. As the vehicle slides its tires dig into the soft soil. The inertia of top half of the vehicle is moving forward as the lower half remains in place resulting in the tipping of the vehicle.
  • Guardrail: Another typed of tipped rollover accident takes place when a vehicle hits the Guardrail as it veers of the road. Again the top half of the vehicle continues its trajectory as the lower half’s momentum is halted by the impediment.
Un-tipped Rollover Accidents: Un-tipped Rollover Crashes account for only 5% of all rollovers in the United States. Such accident usually occur with top heavy vehicles. Un-tipped rollovers usually take place when drivers attempt to avoid high speed traffic accidents. The swerving of the vehicle results in an unbalance in its weight distribution resulting in a rollovers. Rollover Accident help line: If you of your loved ones have been injured in a Rollover accident including single vehicle rollovers you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

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Some of the injuries that can be suffered from rollover accidents include:
  • Broken neck
  • Closed head injuries
  • Broken clavicle
  • Shoulder damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain damage
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Cuts, bruises, lacerations, and abrasions
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Collapsed lungs
  • Paralysis
  • Death
It is important that you speak with an experienced attorney who can help you handle your rollover accident lawsuit. Our lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group are available to assist you.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents in SUV’s

Following a Crash

After a rollover accident, you should immediately seek medical treatment so you can be helped for your injuries. You may have received severe damages from the crash and need to go to the emergency room for surgery or other procedures. Paramedics can treat you at the scene and then transport you to the hospital. If you feel that you were not injured, you should still get treated regardless, whether by the paramedics or by seeing a doctor in the following days. Some injuries may not show up immediately because of the adrenaline, but if you wait too long, it can be a bad sign for the insurance company – an agent can claim that you were hurt elsewhere because of the long gap between the accident and the treatment. You should snap photos of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle, as well as take pictures of the scene of the accident and the responsible driver (if there were one). You also can ask eyewitnesses and bystanders for their accounts of the event; these testimonies and statements can bolster your claim.

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The police may have come to the scene of the accident; if they did, you can request a copy of the police report. If another driver were involved, take down his insurance information and details so you can take issue with his insurance company. It is important that you seek the help of an attorney with experience in rollover accident lawsuits to handle your claim. We’ll help you through the process and will ensure that you’re not at a disadvantage.

Four Points of Negligence

Personal injury lawsuits are filed on the basis of negligence. There are four points of negligence that must be met: you were owed a duty of care that was breached, which led to an accident that caused physical harm. All of these points must be shown to be true, especially the receipt of physical injury. If you weren’t hurt, you can’t file a personal injury claim. An attorney can help prove these points if another driver hit you, but if you wish to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vehicle, you must show that there was a design flaw, manufacturing flaw, or failure to warn. In this case, it is important that you hold onto the car and prevent it from being junked or immediately repaired so that you have evidence showing there was a malfunction.
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What You May Earn

Your potential compensation from a rollover accident will vary depending on numerous factors. The insurance agent will consider your injuries: how extensive and severe they were and how much of an impact they had on your life and career. If you were greatly hurt and required months to recover, and in the aftermath, you could not return to work or would be unable to find similar employment, your compensation would likely be much larger. On the other hand, if you only suffered minor damages and were back to full health within a few short weeks, you would not be given a sizeable sum. It is up to our attorneys to fight to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law, however, and we aim to do so with every case we take on. We will strive to bring you coverage for:
  • Medical bills (surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, future medical bills)
  • Lost wages and future missed income
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering (anxiety, fear, PTSD, trauma, psychological stress, mental suffering)
  • Wrongful death expenses (pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of expected inheritance and savings, funeral and burial costs, loss of consortium)
If another party were grossly negligent and caused you to crash, or if he intended to harm you, you could receive punitive damages, which are handed out to punish the defendant. These damages are usually viewed as excessive, though, and are hard to win; only a skilled lawyer with experience in rollover accidents will be able to win them for you.

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Deadline for a Lawsuit

In the State of California, you only have two years to file a personal injury claim. If you were hurt in a rollover accident, you could take legal action against the responsible party, no matter if it were the company for producing a defective vehicle or another car for forcing an accident to happen. The statute is limited to two years to ensure that claims are speedily filed and do not sit around waiting to be handled. As time passes, evidence can be lost and witnesses can forget key parts about the accident or misremember the situation; further, your injuries may have long since healed and the debts were paid. Moreover, the company could have gone out of business or the individual could have left the state. The deadline can be temporarily suspended, however, if you meet certain criteria. Underage people who were involved in accidents do not have to adhere to the statute until they turn 18 years old. Anyone who was left physically or mentally incapacitated can also wait to file a claim until they have returned to full health. If the responsible party left the state, the time limit would not begin until he returned. To determine the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for your damages, consult with one of our expert attorneys today.

Free Second Opinion

If you suffered injuries in a rollover accident and have a lawyer, you may feel as though you are not being fairly represented. He may not be giving you full dedication or he may be pressuring you to accept a minimal settlement. Many attorneys tend to ask their clients to settle as quickly as possible, which allows the lawyers to collect their shares from the case while leaving the client in debt. We will give you a free second opinion of your case if someone is already handling it. We’ll tell you what we feel your case is worth and whether or not your current lawyer is acting in bad faith or not. All of our second opinions are free of charge.

A Los Angeles Firm for Your Needs

Our Los Angeles lawyers at Downtown LA Law Group can provide you with the help you need for your rollover accident. We will help you file a lawsuit against the responsible party and will not rest until you receive a satisfactory offer. Our lawyers are aggressive and relentless, and we will take your case to the courtroom if necessary. Call our offices today to receive a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys. All of our consultations are confidential, so none of your case details or private information will be shared outside of our office walls. You’re encouraged to ask us anything you wish about your case or the legal process and we will give you the answers you need to make a knowledgeable choice about how to best move forward with your claim. If you hire us for your rollover accident lawsuit, we will provide you with our zero fee guarantee. This guarantee states that you won’t use any of our own personal savings throughout the case. We will take care of the necessary expenses and will cover all costs, including filing documents and hiring expert witnesses. In the event that we win, the settlement will provide us with our share of the fees; the responsible entity will essentially cover your legal bills. If we lose, you owe us nothing whatsoever. No matter what, you will not experience a change in your savings. Give us a call today to speak with a qualified rollover accident lawsuit attorney at Downtown LA Law Group in Los Angeles.
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