An incident in which a vehicle rolls over onto its side or its roof is termed a "rollover" accident. Rollover accidents are the leading cause of death in collisions involving SUVs. And, they are the second leading cause of death due to automobile accidents overall, exceeded only by head-on collisions.
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Causes of Rollover AccidentsRollover crashes often involve vans, pickup trucks, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), or commercial vehicles such as extended vans, or freightliners (semi-trailer trucks), although there are multitudes of car rollovers as well. Typical causes of rollover accidents include the following.
- Turning a corner too sharply
- Cutting wheels too sharply (often to avoid objects, animals, potholes, other vehicles)
- Turning at a high speed
- Top-heavy (narrow wheelbase to body ratio) on vehicle
- Loss of control of the vehicle
- Weather conditions causing visibility issues
- Wet roads causing skidding, hydroplaning, or fishtailing
What to Expect Following a Rollover Accident?Most rollover accident cases in California will involve an injury. If this happens, it’s likely that police will reconstruct the event and attempt to determine fault. Rollover cases are more likely to be investigated than other kinds of auto accidents. Statistics show there are a high number of rollover crashes due to manufacturing defects that make vehicles more susceptible to rolling over.
- A police report will be taken, usually at the accident
- After the police report is fully reviewed, your attorney will obtain an expert analysis of all pertinent facts:
- Examining the location where the crash took place
- Inspecting the damage to the vehicle(s)
- Expert provides a clear explanation of what occurred and the cause(s)
- The expert's investigation and professional opinion provide a foundation for pursuit of compensation claims.
What to Do After a Rollover AccidentProtect your rights. It is imperative that you contact a California car accident attorney experienced in rollover cases in a timely manner, to promptly pursue the fullest amount of compensation to which you are entitled. It’s important to have a personal injury professional working diligently to ensure that your interests are protected through every step of the process. This will give you peace of mind knowing that everything that should be done is being done to ensure that you receive all legally appropriate compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Who is Responsible for Injuries Caused in a Rollover Accident?
- As in all auto accidents, the individual responsible for the accident, or the individual's auto insurance company, or other financially responsible entity, normally bears the primary legal obligation to compensate victims for damages caused in a rollover
- The responsible party may be the manufacturer of a defective vehicle, or a governmental department or agency found negligent in permitting conditions to exist which may have caused or contributed to the severity of the
- In cases of insufficiently secured cargo loads, the company commissioning the driver and truck, or the company loading the truck may be responsible for damages from rollovers caused by the improper
Rollover Accident InjuriesBecause of the extreme impact that is common in rollover crashes, there are high risks of fatalities and catastrophic injuries from rollover accidents. Passengers not wearing seatbelts are at risk of being ejected from a vehicle during a rollover, and crashing bodily at high speed directly onto the pavement, passing cars, trees, or other solid surfaces. Also, passengers in other vehicles, as well as nearby pedestrians, may become victims of rapidly rolling vehicles during accidents. Survivors of rollover crashes may suffer permanent injuries and disabilities, including the following, among others.
- Partial or full paralysis (due to spinal cord injury)
- Brain damage
- Major organ damage
- Loss of limb
- Loss of eye
- Broken bones
Compensation that Rollover Victims Are Entitled to ClaimThe reality is that attempting to handle a major legal claim yourself, against an insurance company, puts you at major risk of obtaining much less of the compensation you deserve than having a qualified professional representing your interests. With an experienced car crash lawyer in California, you may receive compensation for losses such as the following, among others.
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Emotional distress
- Loss of normal activities