SKILLED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT CASES
ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS ARE THE MOST DEADLY TYPE OF CAR ACCIDENT
All car accidents have the potential to lead to serious injuries and death, but there are some car accident types that are more dangerous than others. For example, head-on collisions statistically lead to more serious injuries than do rear-end crashes.
One of the most dangerous car accident types is a rollover accident. Whether a rollover occurs as a result of a collision with another vehicle, or is a single-vehicle accident, the damages can be severe. At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our rollover accident attorneys in Ohio can serve you by helping you to build a claim after a rollover accident, and will advocate for your right to recover 100 percent of your compensation award. Please call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS
Rollover accidents are the most deadly type of car accident type that occurs, statistically speaking. In fact, according to SaferCar.gov, which is powered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while there were about 9.1 million passenger car crashes in a given year, only 2.1 percent of those crashes involved a rollover accident; however, the rollover accidents that occurred accounted for nearly 35 percent of all passenger vehicle accident-related deaths. In another year, the statistics were eerily similar: of the 23,973 passenger vehicle accident-related deaths that occurred, 7,488 of those, or just about 31 percent, were rollover accident-related, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
While the loss of life is the most serious and tragic consequence of a rollover accident, when loss of life does not occur, the injuries that a rollover accident victim sustains can be almost equally as devastating. To be sure, some of the most common injuries incurred as a result of a rollover accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Spinal cord injury;
- Crush injuries, including crushed limbs and internal injuries;
- Limb amputation injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries; and
- Soft tissue injuries.
A victim may also suffer from permanent scarring, road rash injuries, burn injuries, and disfigurement. In addition to the physical injuries sustained, psychological injuries following an Ohio rollover accident are common, too.
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WHY ARE ROLLOVERS SO DEADLY?
THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO ARE KILLED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS ARE UNSEAT-BELTED AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH
Rollovers are more deadly than other car accident types, and this may be in part because of the force involved in the crash, and because the vehicle tips or rolls, creating the chance of any occupants within the vehicle begin ejected from the car, or making contact with various objects during the roll. Further, some rollovers will result in the vehicle’s roof collapsing, creating an obvious risk of serious injury for any occupants.
Statistically speaking, the majority of those who are killed in rollover accidents are unseat-belted at the time of crash, resulting in the victims being thrown from the vehicle and suffering fatal injuries as a result. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the best ways to prevent serious or fatal injuries in a rollover crash.
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HOW ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
As explained by the IIHS, cited above, most rollover accidents happen as a result of a driver losing control of a vehicle. When a driver loses control, the vehicle may begin to slip sideways. If something “trips” the vehicle, such as a curb or guardrail, the vehicle can roll over. The loss of control might occur because of a dangerous road condition (such as ice, snow, or moisture on the road), because a driver attempts to stop suddenly or swerve to avoid a collision with another object (such as a stopped vehicle or an animal in the road), or because a driver attempts to make a turn too aggressively or approaches a turn at an unsafe speed. Most rollover accidents are single-vehicle collisions.
Of course, a rollover accident can also occur that involves two or more motor vehicles. For example, one vehicle may crash into another, resulting in the impacted vehicle flipping as a result of the force involved.
LIABILITY FOR A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT – WHO’S TO BLAME FOR SERIOUS OR FATAL INJURIES?
Understanding liability in a rollover accident can be complicated, and proving fault for serious or fatal injuries can be especially complex, especially when the rollover is a single-vehicle accident. In order to determine who may be held liable for the rollover accident in which you or a loved one was involved, a thorough investigation must be conducted that seeks to answer questions like:
- How did the rollover accident occur?
- Who’s negligence caused the crash?
- Would injuries have resulted if XYZ would not have happened/had been different?
Once these questions are answered, potentially liable parties can be identified. Potentially liable parties in a rear-end accident might include:
- A third-party driver;
- The party responsible for road or sign maintenance (i.e. a municipality that did not post adequate warning of an approaching sharp turn, or failed to fix a pothole that caused the vehicle to ‘trip’); or
- The manufacturer of a motor vehicle if a vehicle defect caused or contributed to the accident or injuries, such as a tire blowout, defective brakes, or insufficient roof strength.
In some cases, the victim of a rollover may be partially or wholly responsible for the accident. When this is the case, recovering compensation for the full value of losses suffered–such as pain and suffering–can be more difficult. However, if the driver carries certain insurance coverage types, such as medical payments coverage, they still deserve compensation up to their policy limit. A Toledo rollover accident attorney can assist you in navigating the claim process and recovering the damages award that you deserve.
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Our Ohio car accident lawyers at the law office of Groth & Associates are passionate about helping accident victims recover compensation following life-changing accidents. We know how devastating a rollover accident can be, and want to work with you and your family to build your case and assist you in recovering a settlement that compensates you for all of your losses, both economic and noneconomic. We have a team of skilled injury attorneys at our firm, have years of experience, and have received numerous awards and accolades for our legal work. Please reach our law office online or by phone to schedule a free consultation today.