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Rollover Accidents

There are many different types of car accidents. One of the most common accidents involves a rollover of an SUV or truck. Due to their high center of gravity, SUVs and trucks have a greater risk of rollovers than sedans and smaller vehicles. Tragically, these rollovers often result in life-altering injuries and even fatalities. In fact, approximately one-third of rollovers are fatal. Injured victims generally have questions regarding which persons are at-fault for their injuries. Regardless of fault, these severe injuries often result in substantial medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents generally fall into two distinct categories: tripped and untripped. Approximately 95 percent of rollover accidents are tripped. A tripped rollover accident occurs when a high tripping force causes a vehicle to lose contact with the road and rollover. Untripped rollovers occur when a tripping force is applied to the tires. These rollovers usually occur when drivers attempt to avoid a collision. Below is a description of the common causes for tripped rollovers.

  1. Guardrails- One of the most common causes of tripped rollover accidents is a guardrail. These accidents occur when a SUV or truck drives off the right side of the road and the left portion of the vehicle collides with the guard rail in a ramp-like manner, causing the vehicle to rollover.
  2. Soft Soil- These accidents generally occur when a driver veers off to the right side of the road and attempts to correct its direction by abruptly steering to the left, resulting in the tires digging into soft soil and the vehicle rolling over.
  3. Steep Slopes- Steep slopes is another common cause for tripped rollovers. These accidents occur when the steepness or incline of the slope is too great to prevent the vehicle from losing its center of gravity and rolling over.

Injured victims typically have questions regarding fault for the accident. These accidents are governed by the laws of negligence. The law imposes a duty of care on all drivers. This duty requires drivers to operate their vehicles with caution and attentiveness in order to prevent harm to other drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. If they fail to do so, they may be at-fault for your injuries.

Rollover accidents are sometimes caused by defective tires, defective car parts, or design defects for the SUV or vehicle. For example, a defective tire can cause a blowout, which results in loss of control of a vehicle. When a tire loses contact with the road, the risk of a rollover greatly increases. Defective brakes are another common cause for these accidents. Claims based on these defects are called product liability claims. If the defect in the tires, car parts, or the design of the vehicle caused your accident, the manufacturer of the tire or vehicle may be at-fault for your injuries. Your experienced rollover accident attorney will thoroughly investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your accident and identify all at-fault persons.

Due to the nature of rollovers, these accidents result in significant injuries and trauma. However, if your accident was caused by another person’s negligence, then you are entitled to recover compensation for your past and future medical treatment, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. These accidents clearly raise complicated legal issues that may prevent your recovery of compensation without an attorney. Therefore, you should immediately retain an experienced accident attorney following your accident.

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Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one was involved in a rollover accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.