Rollover accidents are among the most serious vehicle accidents. In a rollover accident, a vehicle completely turns on its side or upside down. This usually happens at a high speed. When you’re involved in a rollover accident, you may deserve compensation. In fact, there may be multiple responsible parties, including vehicle manufacturers. Here’s what you need to know about rollover accidents from our Denver car accident lawyers.
What Is a Rollover Accident?
A rollover accident is a serious car accident where a vehicle turns on its side or upside down. Rollover accidents typically are a complex series of events that lead to the crash. Objects that strike the vehicle, driver actions, and even vehicle design can all play a role in a rollover crash. A victim of a rollover crash may deserve financial compensation from the driver determined to be at fault for the accident or from the vehicle manufacturer.
What Happens in a Rollover Accident?
In a rollover accident, the vehicle loses its center of gravity. The vehicle falls on its side or completely upside down. In some cases, the car even rolls multiple times. Rollover accidents are very serious and often result in injuries and fatalities, even when passengers are wearing safety belts.
Rollover Car Accident Injuries
Rollover car accident injuries may range from moderate to severe. Many rollover car accidents produce serious injuries like traumatic brain injury, concussions, spinal injuries, broken bones, and whiplash. Lacerations from broken glass can also create serious injuries in rollover accidents.
Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid a Rollover Accident
- Choose a vehicle with a low center of gravity and stable base. Today’s popular SUVs, minivans and pick-up trucks are primed for a rollover. They have a high center of gravity and narrow base, making many extremely unstable and susceptible to rolling. A car that is lower to the ground is more stable.
- Buckle your seat belt and make sure all passengers do the same. Head injuries are especially common with unbelted passengers who can be thrown as projectiles from the vehicle.
- Slow down for turns. Going too fast to safely complete the maneuver attempted is a primary cause of rollovers. Too often, when a vehicle is going too fast for the turn, it will start swerving sideways.
- Respect road conditions. When roads are wet, icy or snowy, they are often slick. This can be deadly, particularly for high profile, unstable vehicles that are already at risk for rollovers. Slow down and drive with caution to avoid an accident.
- Keep tires in balance. When the air pressure in your tires is out of balance it can make your vehicle unstable and more susceptible to rolling over. Check the air in your tires regularly. Also, have your vehicle professionally balanced when they are rotated. A well-balanced vehicle is a safer vehicle.
- Do not drink and drive. Intoxication makes even the most cautious driver more erratic. Swerving between lanes and making sharp, unplanned turns can lead to a deadly rollover accident. Ask a friend for a ride home or, better yet, travel with a sober designated driver to assure your safe arrival at your destination.
- Give other cars a wide berth. Don’t tailgate and be sure to give yourself enough room to react and adjust if the drivers near you make erratic moves.
What Is the Most Common Cause of a Rollover Accident?
The most common cause of a rollover accident is tripping. Tripping happens when the vehicle strikes an object like a curb, tree, or another car. The strike causes the vehicle to move away from its expected travel path. Despite many people believing that rollover accidents occur because of a steering maneuver, the most common cause of a rollover is tripping because of an object in the vehicle’s path.
Are SUVs Prone to Rollovers?
Yes, SUVs are prone to rollovers. Because they have a relatively high center of gravity, an SUV is more likely than many other types of vehicles to roll during a crash. Even though SUVs are more likely than other vehicles to have a rollover, rollover crashes still account for only 2.1 percent of all vehicle crashes in the United States.
How to Prevent SUV Rollover
Don’t speed. Be cautious when loading your SUV-load vehicles evenly on both sides, front to back to even out the higher center of gravity that makes an SUV prone to tipping. If you feel yourself losing control of the vehicle, reduce speeds, and pull over until you compose yourself.
SUV Rollover Facts
Rollover Accident Lawsuits
Rollover accident lawsuits are a way for victims of rollover accidents to seek financial compensation for their injuries. When you’re hurt in a rollover accident, you may deserve monetary compensation. In fact, you may be able to claim compensation from the vehicle manufacturer and from the driver who causes the crash.
Car Manufacturer Legal Liability for Rollover Accidents
Car manufacturers may have legal liability for rollover accidents. A car manufacturer has a legal obligation to design and sell only products that are safe. They must carefully test their products and choose only the designs that are reasonably safe for consumers.
The legal liability that car manufacturers may have for a rollover accident is called products liability. Products liability is the name for the law that says that any company that manufactures products and sells them has the legal obligation to design and sell only reasonably safe products. While a car manufacturer isn’t necessary always legally liable for a rollover accident, the duty of car manufacturers towards consumers is very high. If you’re the victim of a rollover crash, it’s important to explore the possibility of manufacturer liability.
To win a products liability case for a rollover crash, you don’t have to prove that the vehicle manufacturer acted negligently. You don’t even have to prove how a defect occurred during the manufacturing process. Instead, you only have to prove that the car manufacturer placed an unreasonably dangerous product into the stream of commerce. You may base your case on defective design, a faulty manufacturing process, or the failure to warn consumers about possible dangers associated with the vehicle.
Driver Legal Liability for Rollover Accidents
A driver may also have legal liability for a rollover accident. In Colorado, the party that causes the accident is liable for damages that result. It doesn’t matter if the responsible party also has injuries in the crash. Colorado law says that the person who causes the accident is liable for the damages of all of the victims.
To win a rollover accident case, you must show that the other driver acted negligently. That just means that the other driver did something careless that a reasonable driver wouldn’t have done. The responsible driver doesn’t have to make the driving error on purpose. Negligence requires some wrongdoing on the part of the person responsible for the accident; however, it’s not as high of a burden as intentional misconduct or even recklessness.
What Can I Win in a Rollover Accident Case?
In a rollover accident case, you may win compensation for your medical expenses, lost pay, the physical pain associated with your injuries, and your emotional anguish. There is no limit to the amount that you can claim in direct financial losses. You also deserve compensation for your suffering. Changed lifestyle, new physical limitations, and mental injuries all deserve compensation. An experienced attorney for rollover accidents can help you determine what you stand to recover in your case.
Contact Our Denver Attorneys for Rollover Accidents
Our Denver attorneys for car accidents can help you if you’re hurt in a crash. We have experience in all kinds of accident cases, including rollover cases. Let our team help you assess all of the different types of compensation that you may deserve. We can determine who may be responsible and what you stand to recover. If you choose to work with us, we will fight aggressively on your behalf until you have the compensation that you deserve.
We know that the aftermath of a rollover accident can be a stressful and challenging time. Let our legal professionals handle getting you the compensation you deserve while you focus on your recovery. Call us today for a friendly and free consultation with our legal team. We look forward to meeting you.
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