Vehicle rollover injury lawyers in Virginia
One particularly dangerous type of vehicle accident is the rollover wreck. While rollovers are fairly rare, they typically result in more severe injuries than other types of accidents, and they have a high fatality rate.
Of the approximately 9 million car, pickup truck, van, and SUV accidents that happened in a recent year, only 2 percent were rollovers, according to NHTSA.gov. However, that same year, rollover accidents accounted for more than 35 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities. That means rollovers resulted in more than 7,600 deaths in a single year.
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a rollover accident in Virginia, and you suspect it was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced legal team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Call our Gloucester office at (804) 413-6777 for a FREE case evaluation. We will go over what happened and see if you’re eligible for compensation.
Several factors can contribute to rollover crashes, including:
- Type of vehicle: Motor vehicles with higher centers of gravity roll over more often. This means SUVs roll over the most, followed by pickup trucks and vans. Passenger cars are the least likely to roll over.
- Defective or improperly inflated tires: Tires that are underinflated or otherwise defective can cause a vehicle to become unstable and roll, especially if the vehicle hits an obstacle.
- Alcohol or drugs: Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving is never a good idea, so it’s not surprising that nearly half of all fatal rollover accidents involve someone driving under the influence. Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s judgment and increase the likelihood he or she will drive unsafely.
- Road conditions/objects in the road: Road conditions, like potholes, loose gravel, and uneven surfaces, can all contribute to rollover accidents. That’s why most rollover accidents happen on rural roads.
- Going off-road can also cause a rollover. A vehicle that veers off the road can easily hit an object like a tree trunk and turn over. In some cases, vehicles have slid up on a guardrail and tipped over.
Certain types of accidents are most likely to result in a vehicle rollover. A rollover that involves a collision is called a tripped rollover. Hitting an unmovable object with enough force can cause the car to flip over and roll. When a vehicle is hit from the side by another vehicle, especially at an intersection in a T-bone accident, the struck vehicle may roll over.
A rollover that only involves one vehicle is known as an un-tripped rollover. Up to 40 percent of all fatal rollover accidents involve excessive speed. Un-tripped rollovers often happen when drivers make a sudden swerve or attempt a turn that is too sharp or extreme for the speeds they are traveling.
After a rollover accident, check to see if anyone needs first aid, and then call 911 for help. Everyone involved in the crash should be seen by a physician because they may be suffering from internal injures with delayed physical onset. After an initial ER visit, make sure to attend all follow-up medical appointments and keep records of your medical care and rehabilitative treatments.
As soon as you feel up to it, reach out to an experienced car accident attorney. Always remember that insurance companies want to make money. In many cases, they will offer you a lowball settlement that won’t even cover the cost of your injuries. They may even ask you to give a statement about the accident and then use it against you. Let your personal injury attorney use his expertise to get you a fair settlement to pay for all your medical care and other expenses.
Rollover accidents often result in devastating consequences, including:
- Head and brain injuries. This may include skull fractures, concussion, nerve damage, contusions, and TBI.
- Neck, back, and spine injuries that may involve paralysis or slipped, compressed, and herniated discs can occur.
- Burn injuries. Fire is a risk in any collision, causing damage that can spread all the way to the bone. Burn injuries may result in serious disfigurement and require long recovery periods involving extensive surgery.
- Loss of limb. Limbs may be crushed or torn from the body, causing severe physical and psychological distress in addition to an arduous recovery process.
- Internal injuries. These can be difficult to detect, but they may have long-lasting consequences.
- Broken bones. A rollover crash can impact every region of a person’s body, including arms, legs, ankles, ribs, and hips.
- Wrongful death. If the accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, such as a mechanical defect, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Several different people may be held liable for a victim’s medical bills and other costs because of a rollover accident, including:
- The driver of the vehicle you were riding in
- The driver of the vehicle that hit you
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or a part of the vehicle if it was defective
- The government in charge of designing, building, or maintaining the road where the accident occurred, if the road was defective
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we consider it a calling to help our neighbors who have been injured in an accident. We have been there ourselves, so we have the kind of empathy that comes from knowing what you are going through.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a Gloucester rollover accident, our skilled Virginia car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a no-fee guarantee. That means you don’t pay unless we recover money for you. Call us for a FREE consultation today at (804) 413-6777.
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