Have you been injured in a rollover accident? Do you need reconstructive surgery for facial lacerations? Are you experiencing headaches or post-concussion symptoms as a result of head trauma? Are you facing spinal injuries that caused paralysis? Do you need skin grafting because of burns sustained after the rollover accident?
After a rollover accident, seek medical care immediately and hire an experienced car accident attorney. Do not face insurance adjusters, the red tape, and the hospital alone. At The Levinson Law Group, we will work for you. We know that you have many questions and concerns in the aftermath of your accident. What is going to happen with your job? How long is recovery going to take? Is your insurance going to pay for your medical expenses? Your San Diego rollover accident lawyer at the Levinson Law Group can provide you with straight answers to these and more questions.
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Rollover accidents can happen for several reasons, from driver error to defective vehicles to bad weather. While any vehicle can roll over, taller, narrower vehicles such as vans, SUVs, and pickups are more susceptible to rolling over due to their higher center of gravity, making them more top-heavy.
When a vehicle experiences a gravity shift or a change in direction, like during a curve, a pendulum effect comes into effect and increases the chances of a rollover accident. The faster the vehicle is going, the greater the lateral forces. Speeding distracted driving, and inexperience are frequent factors in many San Diego car accidents, including rollovers.
Vehicle manufacturers are aware that the vehicles they produce are top-heavy. Many car manufacturers do not warn consumers. In failing to warn buyers, manufacturers can be held liable for accidents involving their cars. Other vehicle defects like faulty brakes can also contribute to rollover accidents.
Bad weather and road ill design
Bad weather can also make roads dangerous, which may lead to rollover accidents. Wet roads, low visibility and even high winds can all play a role in rollover crashes. However, bad weather conditions combined with defective road design, or even poor road design on its own, can also contribute to rollover accidents. If a road’s design is defective, those who maintain the road and those who initially designed it may be held liable for a rollover crash. Factors like ill-kept pavement, potholes, faulty dividers, and inappropriately marked turns can all contribute to a rollover accident.
Causes of Rollovers
While rollover accidents are not the most common type of car crash, these types of accidents are hazardous. Numerous factors can contribute to rollover crashes. Below is a list of the most common reasons for rollover crashes:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Hitting a curb
- Loss of control of a vehicle
- Tire blow out
- Defective steering
- Defective vehicle
- Colliding with a hazard
- Being sideswiped
- Colliding with another vehicle
- Getting cut off by another vehicle
- Multiple-vehicle crash
Rollover Accident Injuries
Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous and deadly. They are most likely to be fatal than other types of accidents. Many factors affect the severity of injuries in a rollover accident, and they include:
- The force behind the impact
- The number of times a vehicle rolls
- Location of the crash
- Weight and size of the car (s) involved
- Whether or not the airbags deployed
- Whether or not the occupants were wearing seat belts
Victims of rollover accidents may suffer serious injuries including, but not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damages
Compensation in Rollover Accidents
If you were injured in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages you sustained. Multiple parties may be responsible for the accident, and even if you are partially at fault, you may still recover compensation.
Injured rollover accident victims have two paths to compensation, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are meant to compensate a claimant for actual economic losses and can be easily calculated. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses in the past and future
- Loss of earning capacity in the past and future
Noneconomic damages are more subjective in nature. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain in the past and future
- Mental anguish in the past and future
- Physical impairment in the past and future
Wrongful Death Claims
If your loved one died in a rollover crash, you may be able to obtain compensation from the at-fault party. Wrongful death claims are brought by surviving loved ones, not the accident victim themselves.
Only the following parties may be able to bring a wrongful death claim:
- Spouses or domestic partners;
- Children and stepchildren;
- Any other party who is entitled to the accident victim’s property.
No amount of money can make up for a lost family member, but it can help with many unexpected expenses. Families to pursue compensatory damages. Compensatory damages consist of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages compensate families for the out-of-pocket costs as a result of the accident. Economic damages include:
- Financial support the accident victim would have provided to their family
- Funeral and burial expenses
Noneconomic damages compensate families for their losses that did not require the expenditure of money. Noneconomic damages are harder to determine. Common examples of non-economic damages include:
- Loss of society and companionship;
- Loss of affection;
- Loss of consortium; and
- Loss of moral support.
Establishing damages in a wrongful death claim is a complicated process. Family members only get one opportunity to bring a case, so it is crucial to contact a knowledgeable attorney right away. At The Levinson Law Group, we stand ready to help grieving family members obtain the compensation they deserve.
The Levinson Law Group Rollover Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or someone you love was injured or died in a rollover crash, give our San Diego car accident lawyers a call. We can answer any questions you have about what happened. If you decide to file a compensation claim, we will conduct a detailed investigation into the accident, obtain all necessary police and medical records, negotiate with the insurance company, and if when necessary, we will go to court.
When you decide to work with The Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. To learn more about your options, give The Levinson Law Group a call at 760-840-2304. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.