During a rollover accident, multiple types of bodily trauma may occur. What happens to your body as the vehicle rolls over depends on the circumstances of the accident.
Common Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents
Typically, rollover accidents result in catastrophic injuries. Frequently, being ejected from a vehicle results in death. However, you could sustain life-threatening injuries, even if you remain secure in your seat.
The following are common injuries associated with rollover accidents:
- Brain damage
- injuries to the spinal cord, including paralysis
- Crushed limbs and chest
- organ damage or organ failure
- Multiple bone fractures and breaks
- Amputations and limb loss are common.
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Internal haemorrhage
Immediate medical attention is necessary to prevent death or permanent disability. In many cases, victims of rollover accidents may be unconscious. They may spend days or weeks in a hospital or rehabilitation centre recovering from their injuries.
What Are the Causes of Rollover Accidents?
A rollover accident is a deadly type of car crash. Even though rollover accidents account for a small percentage of annual traffic accidents, they account for approximately 30 percent of annual traffic fatalities.
Rollover accidents are most commonly caused by tripping. A collision with an object causes the vehicle to “trip” and roll over. The collision with a curb is an example of a tripping occurrence.
Top-heavy vehicles have a higher risk of rolling over in some situations. For example, SUVs and trucks can roll over if the driver goes around a curve too fast. In addition, these vehicles may be more prone to rollover accidents when the driver runs off the road or over-corrects.
However, any vehicle that goes off the road or down an embankment is at risk of rolling over. In addition, colliding with another vehicle or object head-on can also create a rollover situation.
Who Pays for the Damages Caused by a Rollover Accident?
As with other types of car crashes, the party who caused the collision can be held liable for the damages caused by the crash. If the driver was negligent in causing a single-vehicle rollover accident, the driver may be held liable for the damages sustained by passengers.
If other drivers cause a rollover collision, they could be held liable for damages. Accidents may be caused by speeding, driving while distracted, driving while drowsy, and other traffic violations.
Nonetheless, there may be instances in which a government entity is liable for a rollover accident caused by a poorly designed road. You would need to demonstrate that the road’s layout contributed to the rollover accident.
Design flaws in the brakes or tyres could contribute to a rollover accident. In such a case, the manufacturer may be responsible for the victim’s damages.
A comprehensive investigation is necessary to determine how the accident occurred and to identify the contributing factors. These factors enable accident attorneys to determine who is liable.
What Damages Can You Recover for a Rollover Accident?
Damages included in rollover accident claims include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The historical, current, and projected price of medical and personal care
- Past, present, and future income and benefit losses
- Reductions in the future earning potential of the victim
- including emotional, mental, and physical suffering, pain and suffering
- Decreased quality of life or pleasure in living
- Disfigurement, permanent impairment, or disability
Your damages are proportional to your injuries, financial losses, and degree of fault in causing the rollover accident. The insurance industry opposes personal injury claims.
An adjuster for claims may exert pressure on you to accept a settlement offer. Signing a settlement agreement without an attorney may not be in your best interest unless you have completed medical treatment and are certain of the value of your injury claim.
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