Rollover AccidentsRollover 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
Types of Rollover AccidentsRollover 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.
To speak with a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer, call (213) 389-3765.Some of the injuries that can be suffered from rollover accidents include:
- Broken neck
- Closed head injuries
- Broken clavicle
- Shoulder damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Fractures and sprains
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations, and abrasions
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Collapsed lungs
Following a CrashAfter 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.
Get started today by calling (213) 389-3765.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 NegligencePersonal 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.
What You May EarnYour 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)
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