While rollover car accidents are not especially common, they can be very dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that these crashes account for only about 2 percent of all accidents but more than 33 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities. Liability can also be difficult to determine in these cases, as 85 percent of rollover fatalities result from single-vehicle accidents. However, in cases where a rollover accident was caused by another party’s negligence, an experienced attorney can help victims pursue compensation for their damages.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Speeding, alcohol intoxication, and distracted driving are often factors in rollover accidents, as they can all lead to a driver losing control of their vehicle at an inopportune moment. Rollover accidents are also more common among larger, more top-heavy vehicles like vans, SUVs, and semi-trucks, and they often occur on rural roads without guardrails or medians. Rollover accidents can also happen when a driver swerves to avoid a collision with another vehicle.
Pursuing Compensation After a Wisconsin Rollover Accident
If you are injured in an accident involving a vehicle that has rolled over, your chances of pursuing compensation likely depend on identifying negligent parties. If you were caught in the path of another vehicle that rolled over, it may be relatively straightforward to demonstrate that the driver’s negligent behavior caused the crash. On the other hand, if your car rolled over, and no other vehicle was directly involved in the collision, your case may be more complicated. However, this does not necessarily mean that no other party bears responsibility.
If the rollover happened after you swerved to avoid another vehicle, you may be able to demonstrate that the other driver’s behavior contributed to the accident, even if he or she did not strike your vehicle directly. You may also be able to show that a rollover occurred because of faulty auto parts, such as tires or brakes For the best chance of success, you should hire an attorney who can help you gather the evidence necessary to establish liability, including video footage of the accident, witness testimony, information about vehicle repairs and maintenance, and photographs of the accident scene.
In addition to claims that can be brought against drivers who contributed to the cause of the accident, occasionally, particularly with older vehicles, if the rollover resulted in abnormal roof crush causing life-threatening injuries to occupants seated in the area of crush, a claim can be brought against the manufacturer of the vehicle for failing to provide a roof strong enough to withstand the crush. These cases, however, are very complicated and very expensive to litigate, so it is very important to consult with a law firm, like the Herrling Clark Law Firm, that has experience handling roof crush cases.
Contact a Green Bay Car Accident Lawyer Today
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