Legal Results of Rollover Accidents in Alabama
Rollover car accidents are not a common car accident type, but when they do happen, they have the potential to be deadly or result in very serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollover accidents contribute to about ⅕ of all fatal crashes in the United States every year.
Rollovers occur because of design defects in the vehicle, whether the vehicle is a car, a truck, a four wheeler or some other vehicle. The design either fails to take into consideration expected forces on the vehicle during operation, or fails to adequately address those forces making the vehicle unstable. If you are involved in a rollover accident in Montgomery or surrounding areas of Alabama, suffer injuries, and believe the accident was caused by the fault of the manufacturer of the vehicle, our hard working product liability attorney is here to lend you the legal support you are looking for.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
SaferCar.gov explains that rollover crashes, more than any other type of vehicle crash, reflect the interaction between multiple elements, including the environment, the road, the driver, and the vehicle. For this reason, vehicle type alone is typically not to blame for a rollover crash, although it may contribute. Consider the following factors that can cause or contribute to rollover collisions:
- Speed. Speed can be a factor in some rollover crashes. In fact, SaferCar.gov (cited above), reports that traveling too fast is a factor in 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes.
- The negligence of another driver. Not all rollover crashes occur because of the error of the driver of the vehicle that actually rolls over. In some cases, a crash caused by another driver can apply enough force to the vehicle to cause it to roll, or force a driver to over correct to avoid a serious collision, resulting in a rollover.
- Vehicle design. Some vehicles are top-heavy by design, which increases the risk of a rollover crash. Vans, trucks, and other vehicles that are top-heavy are more likely to be involved in these collision types.
Keep in mind that most rollover crashes occur in areas where the posted speed limit is at least 55 miles per hour, where roads are undivided and without barriers, and in rural areas. What’s more, most rollover crashes affect drivers who are navigating routine routes. Most rollover crashes are single-vehicle crashes, meaning that only the vehicle that rolls over is involved.
Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents
Rollover crashes are one of the most dangerous types of accident types, and are particularly severe when drivers and passengers are not wearing their seatbelts, as this can result in ejection from the vehicle and a range of other tragic injury types. In addition to fatalities, other serious injuries incurred in a rollover accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur when a victim’s head is hit with force, or is punctured. TBI injuries can be devastating, and may permanently impair the affected person from living a normal life.
- Spinal cord injuries. One of the most tragic injury types is a spinal cord injury, which happens when the collection of nerves that runs the length of the spine is impacted or severed. If a spinal cord injury occurs, the affected person will suffer from partial or complete paralysis from the site of injury downwards. Spinal cord injuries are permanent.
- Internal injuries. Internal injuries, including kidney or lung punctures, can lead to severe internal bleeding and organ failure. If these injuries are not treated immediately, the affected person could suffer long-term complications, or even death.
- Amputation injuries. In serious rollover crashes, a limb may become trapped, or may be severed or injured to the point where it cannot be saved.
In addition to the physical injuries listed above, soft tissues injuries, injuries to extremities, fractures, concussions, lacerations, and bruises are all possible too. Further, psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, may also occur.
Alabama Fault Laws After a Car Crash
In Alabama, a party who causes a car accident is responsible for paying for it. This means that if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim with that party’s insurance, or file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party. Those who may be held liable for a rollover accident include a vehicle manufacturer, a vehicle part manufacture (i.e. a defective tire caused the rollover), a municipal or other government agency responsible for road maintenance (i.e. a defect in the road or a lack of guardrail caused or contributed to the crash), or another negligent driver.
It is important that you gather and preserve all forms of evidence necessary to prove fault, and hold the party liable. Our talented Alabama auto accident attorney can open an investigation on your behalf, and will work with accident reconstruction experts to build your claim.
Damages Available after a Rollover Accident
You deserve to be compensated for all of the losses that you suffer after a rollover accident in Alabama. Our attorneys will help you seek damages for your pain, suffering, emotional anguish, costs of vehicle repairs and property damage, medical expenses, long-term care and future medical expenses, lost wages, future lost wages and earnings, and all other economic and noneconomic losses incurred.
Working with a Knowledgeable Alabama Product Liability Attorney
Working with a knowledgeable Alabama product liability attorney improves your chances of getting your full settlement amount. At the offices of the Chip Nix Attorney at Law our experienced Alabama personal injury attorney knows what you have gone through, and are here to provide you with accurate answers to your tough legal questions, and represent you during all stages of the claims process. For a free, no obligation consultation, please contact our law firm today at (334) 279-7770 or through our website contact form. We work on a contingency fee basis.