Rollover accidents are among the deadliest type of automotive accident. They can involve a single vehicle or multiple vehicles and may result in catastrophic injury or even death. In some cases, vehicles roll over due to a design or manufacturing defect in the vehicle.
In other cases, rollover accidents occur because one vehicle has been hit by another in a certain way, causing the vehicle to roll. In either case, the results can be devastating and can have a permanent effect on your health and quality of life.
Attorneys at Cutter Law P.C. are experienced in all types of vehicle accidents, including rollover accidents. We’ve successfully fought for our clients to ensure they receive compensation for their injuries, including obtaining compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our attorneys are committed to ensuring you have the strongest rollover lawsuit possible, regardless of whether your claim is against an insurance company or a vehicle manufacturer.
Dangerous Rollover Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover crashes have a higher fatality rate than other crashes. Even though rollover accidents made up only 2.1% of all passenger vehicle accidents in 2010, they accounted for almost 35% of all deaths. In 2010, more than 7,600 people died in a rollover crash.
Among the causes of rollover crashes identified by the NHTSA were:
- Vehicle type
- Location (rural roads, for example)
- Routine driving (indicating an issue with driver distraction)
Almost 85 percent of all rollover-related fatalities were the result of single-vehicle accidents.
Types of Rollover Accidents
The NHTSA categorizes rollover accidents as either tripped or un-tripped. Tripped rollover accidents occur when a vehicle slides sideways off the road and either trips over an object—such as a curb—or hits soft soil. In either case, the vehicle rolls over.
Un-tripped rollover accidents typically involve vehicles that are top-heavy and do not involve another object causing the vehicle to trip. Instead, the rollover happens when the vehicle flips over on its own or in a collision.
Rollover Injuries and Defective Designs
Certain vehicles may be more prone to rollover accidents thanks to a defective design. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), for example, tend to have a higher risk of rollover because they have a higher center of gravity and narrower wheel base.
Consumers may not always be aware of these risks.
Meanwhile, other components that are designed to protect you in the case of a rollover crash may fail, causing you to suffer greater injuries than you would have otherwise. Your seatbelt may fail or an airbag may not deploy properly, causing more catastrophic injuries than you would have sustained if they had worked as designed.
If the roof of your vehicle isn’t strong enough, it can cave in during an accident, causing devastating crush injuries.
Injuries sustained in a rollover accident can be devastating and often affect the head and neck, and the spine. This can result in paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, concussion, spinal cord injury, and broken bones.
Long-term consequences of a rollover injury include chronic pain, internal damage, loss of use of limbs, memory problems, vision problems, and neurological damage.
If you are involved in a rollover accident, it’s vital that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible to obtain a diagnosis and ensure the best possible chances for recovery.
Rollover Crash Lawsuits
Among the claims that can be made in a rollover accident lawsuit are:
- Wrongful death (if you have lost a loved one in a rollover accident)
- Personal injury
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Rollover Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a rollover accident, we can help you fight for compensation. Our attorneys have handled all types of automobile accidents, including rollover accidents. We’re committed to obtaining justice for you and your loved ones.
Call us at our Sacramento or Oakland office to discuss your situation. We can explain your options to you and help you determine the best course of action.