Rollover Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can be scary and traumatic, especially if they result in a rollover. Rollover accidents can happen when a few unique conditions are met, usually involving high speed, road hazards, and bad weather. These can cause serious injuries and death due to their violent nature. According to Consumer Reports, only about 3 percent of serious accidents are rollovers but account for around 30 percent of motor vehicle deaths.
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, calling Fielding Law today to speak to a personal injury lawyer is your first step towards recovery. You have been through enough without having to worry about whether you will be compensated. Let Fielding Law fight for you while you recover in peace. We are available 24/7, so give us a call today at (877) 880-4090.
The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average car weighs over 4,000 pounds. For something that bulky and heavy to flip over, there must be several major factors at play. The main cause of rollover accidents is drivers who lose control of their vehicles while hitting an object.
Let us look at what can cause a rollover accident.
Vehicles are designed and tested in all sorts of conditions to ensure the safety of the driver by keeping four wheels on the ground. Aggressive drivers who perform risky maneuvers and turns, usually at high speeds, are at an increased risk of flipping their vehicles and causing severe injury. This is more common with heavily loaded and top-heavy vans and trucks but is still possible with cars under the right conditions.
Today, it is easier than ever to become distracted and lose control of your vehicle. You could look down at your phone, focus too much on a billboard, stare at your surroundings, or even fall asleep at the wheel.
All it takes is a few seconds to get into a rollover accident. Traffic may suddenly stop or a deer can run out in front of you, forcing you to swerve and hit the curb or a guardrail. Add in forward momentum and speed, and it can throw off the center of gravity and your vehicle into a roll.
Most rollover accidents involve only one vehicle. In a multi-vehicle situation, though, the force of another car slamming into you at the right place and speed can cause a rollover crash.
An auto accident can always happen, no matter how skilled or experienced you are at driving. The risk is always there. You have no control over the weather or other drivers on the road. You must do your part, follow the laws, and drive safely in all conditions.
The NHTSA has found that speed contributes to the majority of single-vehicle rollover accidents. Most of those happen where speeds are 55 MPH or higher. Be especially aware of the conditions around you. If it’s dark or the weather is not cooperating, you should slow down, even if the speed limit is higher in that area.
This can be challenging, especially if you have been driving a long distance. It is only natural to want to look around at the scenery around you. Other distractions can include looking at your phone, eating food, or looking at anything that takes your focus off the road, like applying makeup or changing the radio station.
As many as half of all fatal rollover vehicle accidents involve alcohol. Drinking while impaired always makes driving much more dangerous because your senses are distorted. You can underreact or overreact to situations, like taking a turn too quickly or failing to respond fast enough to something in front of you. Do not put yourself or others at risk by drinking and driving.
Some vehicles have a greater chance of rolling over than others. According to the NHTSA, an SUV, van, or truck is more at risk, since top-heavy vehicles that are further off the ground can more easily lose traction and tip over than the typical sedan. If you are not used to how your vehicle drives, then you can research its safety ratings to prepare yourself for all situations.
Statistics show that most rollover accidents happen on rural roads. These roads may have very little room for error. If you find yourself in a rollover crash, especially on a rural road, you could be waiting a while for emergency vehicles to get to you.
It can be very scary, but the first thing to do is to try not to panic. Let the dust clear and take stock that you are okay physically. Do a body check to see if you’re injured. If you are able, check on your passengers.
Once everything is secure inside the vehicle, it is time to see if you can escape your vehicle safely. You might be buckled in your seat hanging upside down. If you cannot get out, there may be good Samaritans nearby who are willing to help. If you have access to your phone, call 911 right away. You may not know where you are or where to be found, but do the best you can at recalling the road you are on, any nearby landmarks, or how close you are to a town.
Once emergency services are called and you are safely out of the vehicle, be sure to contact a rollover accident lawyer as soon as possible. These types of situations are often more complex and require investigation. Even though most rollover accidents happen to single vehicles and are caused by distractions, there might be other factors at play, including poorly designed and badly maintained roads.
Rollover accidents can cause severe injury and even wrongful death. Most car accidents are traumatic and require medical attention, time to recover, mental and physical healing, as well as time away from work. The last thing you want to add to this list is having to fight insurance companies that do not have your best interests in mind.
You deserve compensation as soon as possible, but it rarely happens that way. Insurance companies love to play the blame game. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s possible to give in and fail to get the settlement you deserve. In many cases, the insurance company’s initial offer is far less than what is required to get back on your feet.
Your insurance company hopes you will settle at their lowball offer, but with an experienced personal injury attorney like Fielding Law at your side, you can focus on getting better while we fight for you and your interests. We refuse to let insurance companies get away with their tactics and we won’t settle until you get what you deserve.
If the other party or his or her insurer is unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement, we have no problem taking the matter to court. We have a long track record of helping hundreds of accident victims all over Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho get their lives back on track.
Call us today at (877) 880-4090 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced rollover accident lawyer today. We have representatives standing by 24/7.