Were you Injured in a Rollover Crash?By Stewart J. Guss on September 13th, 2018
Few things are as terrifying as when your car suddenly rolls over. Vehicles can roll onto their sides or tops—or, at high rates of speed, they may continue to roll over several times. Many times, cars roll over due to no fault of the driver—the government built a badly designed road or failed to fix it, a tire company sold a product with faulty treads that unraveled or blew out, or another driver forced you to take evasive action to avoid a crash. Regardless of the cause, when a car starts rolling, a driver and the occupants can rarely stop it. They simply have to take the brunt of the crash, which often results in severe, traumatic injuries.
After a serious car accident injury, always hire a highly experienced and accomplished car accident law firm to protect your rights! The car accident lawyers of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, regularly help car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve following a crash. Let us help you! We handle all types of accident and injury cases, so know how to determine the cause of your accident—and whom to hold accountable for it! Call us for FREE at 800-898-4877, or contact us now by CLICKING HERE at any time, day or night, 24/7.
How Rollovers Happen
Rollover accidents can occur for a number of reasons. No matter what causes the crash, the results are generally the same—a car rolls onto its side and/or top, sometimes multiple times. The following are some reasons why rollovers happen:
- Tripping of a vehicle – Perhaps the most common cause of a rollover is when something “trips” one wheel of the vehicle. This may include the driver hitting a curb, a pothole, a large bump, or another obstacle in the road. When the tire hits something, it can send the tire up into the air, tipping the car over to one side, causing it to roll. Tripping can also occur when the tire of another vehicle hits your car’s tire.
- Speeding on a curve – Speed limits may stay constant on relatively straight highways or roadways. However, on curvy roads, there are often signs warning of a lower speed limit for upcoming curves. This is particularly common on rural roads. When a car speeds around a curve, the lateral forces of the turn can increase to the point that it throws the car off balance, causing it to roll.
- Overcorrecting or swerving – The same lateral forces at play when a car takes a curve also apply when a car changes direction too suddenly. If a car is headed one way and a driver suddenly jerks the wheel the other way, the force of the directional change can cause the car to tip and rollover. This commonly happens when someone is not paying attention or when another driver runs you out of your lane or off the road.
Drivers of certain types of SUVs and vehicles with high centers of gravity should know that their vehicles are more prone to rollovers. However, any car can rollover under the right circumstances. These accidents can cause severe injuries, especially in vehicles without roll bars or roll cages. Such injuries can include:
- Skull fractures, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other head trauma
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Burns if the car catches fire
- Multiple broken or shattered bones
- Facial fractures
- Joint dislocations
- Soft tissue tears
- Internal injuries
Head injuries are particularly common in rollovers, though a single victim can often suffer many different injuries in one accident. Such injuries need emergency medical attention and victims may face a long—and costly—road to recovery.
Liability in Rollover Accidents
The losses of a rollover accident victim are often overwhelming. Medical bills and lost income can add up quickly, and victims with permanent injuries or impairments may face a lifetime of ongoing expenses. It is critical to have a law firm evaluate whether you can hold another party liable for your injuries and losses.
Many rollover accidents only involve one vehicle—the vehicle that actually rolled over. In some situations, the accident is the fault of that driver, but this is not always the case. In many single-vehicle accidents, another party can still be at fault and held liable for your losses. You must prove that another party was negligent in order to seek compensation.
Negligence can happen in many ways to cause a rollover, including:
- Another driver is distracted, aggressive, drunk, fatigued, or otherwise careless and runs you off the road or forces you to swerve
- Transportation departments or government agencies allow dangerous road hazards, such as bumps, cracks, or potholes that trip your vehicle
- Road designers fail to set appropriate speed limits and post necessary warning signs for sharper curves
- Auto manufacturers designed a vehicle that had a dangerously high risk of rolling over when most vehicles would not
Note that if you were the passenger in a rollover, and the accident occurred due to the driver’s negligence, you can seek compensation from that driver’s insurer. Our legal team has handled cases against many different types of parties, including individuals, corporations, and government agencies. Call today so we can evaluate who may be responsible for your injuries.
How We Help Injured Car Accident Victims
When you are dealing with serious injuries, the last thing you need is additional concerns about a legal case and financial recovery. In addition, insurance companies regularly take advantage of unrepresented parties, resulting in a much smaller payout than you deserve. Our law firm handles every aspect of your claim, including:
- Filing the appropriate insurance claims
- Handling all communications with insurers
- Carefully calculated the value of your claim
- Reviewing all offers and negotiating higher offers when necessary
- Deciding when to file a lawsuit
Consult an Experienced Rollover Accident Law Firm for FREE
The nationally recognized car accidents legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, has protected the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If you suffered injuries in a rollover accident or any other type of vehicle accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. Our intake department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us online to submit your case for review.