As the largest state in the US, Texas has its fair share of roads, whether highways, in the city, or in rural areas. With driving being the most frequent mode of transportation, it is no wonder that car accidents are an unfortunate, yet regular, occurrence.
True, the majority of accidents are relatively minor. However, if you have been involved in a serious collision, such as a rollover accident, you understand the major impact it can have on your life.
At Fielding Law, we understand the far-reaching physical, emotional, and financial toll a car accident can have. You and your family may be facing extensive medical bills, time off work, and long-term or even permanent health limitations on top of possibly extensive property damage. You may expect the insurance company to offer a fair settlement, but this is often not the case for many accident victims, sadly enough.
After a rollover accident, you need the help of the aggressive and effective personal injury attorneys at Fielding Law. We can help you recover the maximum amount you deserve for your injuries, whether they are catastrophic injuries or relatively minor injuries – even broken bones. Call us 24/7 at 877-880-4090 to schedule your free consultation with the experienced Fielding Law team.
Rollover accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Three of the main risk factors in a rollover accident include the type of vehicle, a sharp turn, and contact with an object.
While rollover car accidents can happen in any type of vehicle, certain cars (such as pickup trucks, 15-passenger vans, and SUVs) tend to be more prone to rollover accidents than other passenger vehicles. The fact that Texans love their larger vehicles – in fact, the top 5 vehicles sold in the state are either trucks or SUVs – makes for a higher risk of rollover accidents on Texas roads.
When a vehicle that is traveling at a high rate of speed makes a sharp turn, a rollover can result. As implied in the previous section, this happens more frequently in vehicles with a higher center of gravity and narrower track width, which are more likely to tip over when the momentum of the vehicle suddenly shifts.
Many of the roads in our state that have sharp turns, including some federal highways, are marked so a driver can adjust his or her speed accordingly. At the same time, a rollover accident can sometimes occur even at lower speeds than may be expected.
In some cases, a rollover accident happens when a vehicle is “tripped.” This term is used to describe a vehicle that rolls over after coming into contact with an object.
Rollover car accidents can be caused when a vehicle fails to stop at a red light or stop sign and hits the side of another car, causing it to tip over. Another potential cause of a rollover accident is when a vehicle turns suddenly, such as when swerving to avoid an obstacle, and strikes the curb or another object.
Rollovers often result in significant property damage and severe injuries. This happens for a number of factors: particularly, the location of the damage to the vehicle and the additional force on the occupants.
As a safety precaution, modern cars are designed with a “crumple zone.” The crumple zone serves an important purpose: to absorb the energy caused by the accident to protect the occupants. By “crumpling,” the car actually reduces the impact that will be felt on the person inside, thereby reducing injuries.
These crumple zones are generally located in the front and the back of a car. Of course, in a normal accident, the roof of the vehicle is not likely to be damaged. In a rollover accident, though, the roof can collapse and cause catastrophic injuries, especially to the head.
Due to the tremendous amount of force created by a rollover car accident, a driver or passenger can also be ejected from the vehicle. When this happens, he or she often suffers more serious injuries than would happen in a more minor accident. In addition to the impact made by the head and neck into the glass, they also hit another object or the pavement at high speed.
Some common rollover accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.
After a person has suffered a TBI, he or she can have physical and psychological effects that last for weeks or months after the auto accident. These aftereffects can even cause permanent damage. Some common results of a TBI include painful, recurring headaches and dizziness.
Depending on the severity of the TBI, it can impact a person’s cognitive function, making it harder for him or her to focus and think clearly. Serious brain damage can severely limit a person’s cognitive abilities.
Spinal cord and neck injuries are categorized into complete and incomplete injuries. Complete injuries result in a complete loss of feeling and control, while incomplete injuries may leave the victim with some level of feeling and control in the affected areas.
Some complications due to spinal cord injuries include:
Since rollover accidents often result in serious damage, fatal rollover accidents are not uncommon. If someone else’s negligence sadly resulted in the death of one of your loved ones, an attorney with our firm can help you and your family seek justice.
In addition to holding the liable party accountable for his or her actions, a wrongful death claim can provide family members with compensation for the losses caused by the accident, including:
A survival claim may also be available, providing the damages that would be awarded in a personal injury claim to the estate of the deceased. This can include compensation for medical expenses incurred before the death.
One of the most important aspects of successful car accident cases is determining and proving liability. When you work with one of the experienced car accident attorneys at Fielding Law, you can be sure that your lawyer has the skills and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your accident on your behalf.
Car safety has come a long way in recent years. Many safety features are now standard or even mandatory in newer vehicles and have been instrumental in saving lives. However, a malfunctioning part can cause an accident or result in more serious injuries to the driver and passengers.
Some vehicle components that can contribute to injuries after a rollover accident include:
If a faulty part played a role in your accident, you deserve fair compensation for your losses. The car accident lawyers at Fielding Law have experience working with rollover car accident cases and can help prove that manufacturing or design negligence contributed to your crash and injuries.
Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem nationwide. While there are many things that can distract a driver from the road, the most dangerous is when his or her eyes are focused on something else.
Distracted driving can cause a driver to be unable to see an obstacle or another vehicle until it is too late or to be inattentive to posted signs warning of a sharp turn ahead. Especially when traveling at high speeds, drowsy driving or a distraction of even a few seconds can prove catastrophic.
Of course, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol increases the risk of any type of car accident, including rollover accidents. An impaired driver is more prone to taking risks, driving at excessive speeds, or swerving on the road – all of which can lead to a rollover. In addition, drugs and alcohol both seriously limit a person’s ability to react to unexpected events, which is essential for road safety.
Failing to drive at a safe speed also increases the likelihood of a serious crash, including a rollover accident.
When you have been injured in a rollover accident, you need the help of a professional, experienced, and dedicated law firm to protect your legal rights. At Fielding Law, we are proud to offer our clients professional representation and personalized attention.
We are ready to take as much time as necessary to give you and your claim the attention it needs, fighting for you to receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Depending on the specifics of your case, our attorneys can help you recover damages for such losses as:
Our team is available 24/7 so we can help you when you need it most. Whether you have questions about your potential rollover car accident claim or are curious about your legal rights, we are here to give you the peace of mind you need. Contact our team today for a free consultation at 877-880-4090.