With the popularity of sport utility vehicles – more commonly called SUVs – rollover accidents have increased in recent years. Poorly constructed designs, mechanical flaws, and defective parts also play a role in rollover accidents. The increased height of an SUV on the road means that it does not have the same balance as other vehicles. If the vehicle becomes involved in a severe crash it is more likely to be thrown off-center, causing it to roll. The increase in SUVs on the road also means there are an increased number of fatalities from rollover accidents.Types of Injuries From Rollover Accidents
With a higher rate of rollover accidents comes a higher chance of severe injuries such as:
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken neck
- Broken or bruised bones
- Internal injuries or bleeding
- Punctured lungs
Drivers Involved: Starting with the drivers and riders involved in the accident is crucial. By determining the level of fault for the drivers and riders party to the crash this helps determine who may be liable. Be sure to keep a record of this and a detailed account of the events that occurred, leading up to and including the accident.
Manufacturers: This pertains to the manufacturer of the sports utility vehicle. If the SUV accident was due to damaged equipment or parts on the car, you might be able to sue the manufacturer of the component or equipment that was faulty.
Dealerships: This level of responsibility also starts to move into business and product liability. Most state laws allow you to sue the dealership of the SUV if they sold parts that were found to be defective and caused an accident.
Government Entities: If the infrastructure of highways or conditions of a road caused the vehicle accident, you might be able to pursue a lawsuit against whatever government authority was responsible for maintaining the roadways. However, suing the government is no easy task. It will take relentless, knowledgeable attorneys to take on a claim like this.Other Potential Factors in a Rollover Accident
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver distraction
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Road conditions
- Mechanical error
Your medical car repair bills may exceed the limits on your policy. This is where an injury lawsuit can recover more money for you. Without proper legal representation, you may wind up paying fees you never even thought about, such as:
- Future medical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages and related expenses
Stay at the scene: Never leave the scene of an accident.
Signal for Help: You can warn other drivers by putting on your hazard lights. If the accident has stopped your flashers from working then using a flashlight can also work to signal for help. Get to a safe side of the road while you wait for help.
Call the Police: Damages and injuries might not be immediately evident. Contacting the authorities will establish a record for your claim and offer notes if another party is involved.
Maintain Records: Answer questions by police and medical personnel honestly, no need to speculate. Tell them information about your condition and the accident to the absolute best of your ability. Even if you do not have the exact answer, say you are not certain instead of saying “no.” Keep a file on your claim number and findings, including all contacts and receipts for expenses of the accident.
Take Pictures: If you can, try to take pictures of your vehicle and your observed injuries immediately. Additional photos of the full scene may be helpful as well. However, do not interfere if there is a police investigation happening at the scene.
Exchange Information: Obtain the name, address, and telephone number of all involved in the accident, even the passengers. The insurance information for all vehicles involved is also needed. Any witnesses? See if they can provide their contact information, too.
Report the Claim: Call your insurance company to file a claim immediately. Your insurance representative will provide some instructions, so make sure to maintain records of that as well.Let Us Help You
Rollover accidents become complicated between the insurance company, manufacturer and government agencies. Instead of trying to handle it all alone, give us a call. We provide a free consultation and we will fight for your rights. We work on a contingency basis; if we do not win your case, there is no fee to you.