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When you're involved in a roll over accident, because the law is often more legally complicated, because of the severity of the injuries. 

Out of over 9 million accidents in the U.S. in 2010, only 2 percent were rollover accidents. Yet rollover accidents were 35% of all deaths from vehicle accidents​Vehicle manufacturing defects and tire malfunctions can be cause for product liability lawsuits. 

What you need to keep in mind if you were involved in a rollover accident. 

Causes of Rollover Crashes

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published crash statistics that show, 95% of all one vehicle rollover crashes were caused by "tripping."  ​These types of accidents happen when a vehicle hits a curb or guardrail and flips over. Another cause for tripping is when a vehicle hits soft soil, the vehicle skids and the driver over corrects too quickly. 
  • Some rollovers are not caused by tripping, most of those rare non-tripping rollovers are caused by quick maneuvers in high-speed crashes, and slick roads. 
  • Vehicles with a higher level of gravity, such as SUV's, minivans and full size vans are more susceptible to rollover crashes. 
  • Tire malfunctions and defects often contribute to rollover crashes.
  • Hazardous conditions due to weather conditions, construction, or road defects are also commonly involved. 

Very serious injuries can result from rollover crashes if someone is ejected from the vehicle or the car roof collapses. The federal government has tried to reduce rollover crashes, including improvements in all cage standards, in order to reduce severe head injuries. Unfortunately, no all cars have these improvements. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Rollover Crashes

Who is Liable in a Rollover Crash?

If you were involved in a rollover accident, your injuries may be very serious. Meaning your medical expenses will be extremely high. 

It may take months or years of physical therapy to get back to normal. you may also lose wages due to the accident. You may be able to file a claim or a lawsuit to recover damages. 

These are examples of when it would be appropriate to file a lawsuit.

  • The road was not properly maintained, which potholes to form or sinkholes, or other hazards. 
  • Road construction was not adequately marked and left the road in bad condition.
  • You had a tire malfunction or it was defective. 
  • You were not adequately warned about vehicle or tire defects.
  • Your vehicle was not properly equipped with roll bars or roll cages, which left your vehicle roof susceptible to collapse, causing you more severe injuries. 
  • Some airbags failed to deploy in time, which caused you more serious injuries. 
  • The accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, who may have been distracted, texting, driving under the influence of alcohol, or recklessly driving. 

Should I File a Lawsuit After a Rollover Crash?

If the cause of the rollover was road conditions, you may be able to sue the city, state or contractor in charge. Please remember, if you are suing a public entity over road conditions, you will have a very short period to file a lawsuit. 

If the cause of the rollover was a product liability claim, you will likely need to sue the manufacturer. These types of cases can be extremely complex. 

Major manufacturing companies can hire high powered attorneys to defend them against lawsuits. It is better to consult with an expert attorney, you attorney will then collaborate with expert witnesses to determine the nature of the product liability. 

What Should You Do After a Rollover Accident?

A rollover crash can be so severe that you may not remember to follow our instructions on what you should do after an accident.

  • Seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible, even if you don't feel like you need it. Shock and Adrenalin can mask pain for a long time. If you wait for the pain to surface to seek medical attention, it could be too late include those injuries in your claim later. 
  • Contact the local police and report the accident. Be honest and accurate with information given to the police. 



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