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Rollover Accidents

A rollover accident is defined as a crash where the impact forces the vehicle onto its side or roof. Rollover accidents are not the most common type of accident, but they are especially dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 30 percent of vehicle occupant deaths in 2020 occurred in rollover accidents.

When a car rolls over, the impact of the roof of the vehicle can collapse and inflict serious head injuries. This makes
rollover accidents a serious risk for injuries and fatalities in comparison to crashes which impact the front, side or rear of the vehicle.

Rollover accident deaths are more common for single-vehicle crashes, which accounted for 50 percent of vehicle occupant fatalities, compared to 13 percent for multiple-vehicle crashes.

What are the Causes of Rollover Accidents?

There are two classifications of rollover accidents, tripped and untripped.

An untripped rollover accident occurs without any interference from another vehicle or object. When a vehicle turns a corner, sudden increases in force from the tires, inertia and gravity may cause the vehicle to tip and rollover.

A tripped rollover is caused by a change in surface or a collision with another vehicle, or an object. The most common scenario for rollovers in single vehicle accidents is when a car’s tires hit a curb or a soft surface on the shoulder. The abrupt escalation in lateral force causes the rollover. A rollover can also occur when a car collides with another vehicle or object, such as a guardrail, that forces one side of the vehicle upward, and the instability pushes the car up and sideways. If a car is struck in a side collision, that force can also be strong enough to cause a rollover.

Who is Liable in a Rollover Accident?

In a personal injury lawsuit, the party whose negligence caused the accident is liable for the victim’s damages. In some cases, it is clear which party was negligent – for example, if the victim collided with another vehicle that was being driven recklessly, the other driver is liable. But what about other kinds of rollover accidents?

  • A negligent driver whose behavior could cause an accident. A rollover can occur when a driver has to maneuver to avoid a crash with another driver who is speeding, driving while distracted or drunk driving.
  • County or local government. When driving conditions change, drivers are expected to adjust so they can do so safely. However, if the authority responsible for maintaining a road has left unexpected hazards or not put up adequate signage, they may be held liable for a rollover accident.
  • The car’s manufacturer.If the rollover was caused by an unknown mechanical fault – for example, a part under recall – the manufacturer may be held liable.

What Kind of Injuries are Caused By Rollover Accidents?

What Kind of Injuries are Caused By Rollover Accidents?

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Internal injuries

Injuries caused by a rollover accident will likely require extensive treatment and recovery time. A personal injury lawsuit can help the victim recover their costs.

Treatment for injuries caused by a rollover accident will result in ongoing medical bills that can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. A personal injury lawyer helps their client collect damages to cover emergency room treatment, surgeries, short or long-term hospital stays, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and assistive devices.

Taking the necessary time to recover from injuries means lost income. A rollover accident victim is entitled to compensation from taking time off work while recuperating and/or attending follow-up doctor or physical therapy appointments. In some cases, an accident victim will be permanently disabled and unable to return to their job because of the extent of their injuries.

A rollover accident can cause extensive property damage. The impact of the crash will likely make the victim’s car a total write-off and need replacing, and the victim is entitled to the car’s value and the costs of a rental car.

The experience of a rollover accident can cause severe physical pain and mental and emotional stress. These damages are classified as pain and suffering. A claim for these kinds of damages compensates the victim for the loss of enjoyment of their daily life.

If you have been injured in a rollover accident, contact our expert team at Mueller, Lawson & Frobisch for a consultation, and we will start you on the road to recovery.

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