According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents are more likely to result in death, especially when occupants of the vehicle are not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. These accidents can inflict a great amount of force on motorists and passengers, which is due to the vehicle rolling and colliding with the ground, roadside elements, and other vehicles.
If you or your loved one was involved in an accident that resulted in your vehicle rolling over, you may be entitled to a lawsuit seeking compensation. Call our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation and learn how a Joliet rollover accident lawyer can help.
The Dynamics of a Rollover Accident
Rollover collisions may occur when:
- A vehicle is “tipped,” which is when a vehicle strikes an object and has its wheels move in a sideward fashion, causing it to tip over.
- A driver overcorrects in unstable terrain, which can cause a rollover if the wheels catch an edge.
- A vehicle is struck at a sideward or semi-sideward angle.
- An accident occurs on a slope.
Other factors that may increase the risk of a rollover accident, according to the NHTSA, include:
- One or more vehicles driving at excessive speed.
- SUVs or trucks, which have a higher clearance from the ground and a narrow frame.
- One or more drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.
- A lack of safety rails on a road where the rollover accident occurs.
When a vehicle rolls over, there are several crash dynamics that could increase the risk of serious injury or death.
The Risk of Injury From a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents may cause serious injury, as they may:
- Inflict extreme torque on the body beyond what would occur in a non-rollover accident.
- Result in the vehicle’s roof being crushed, potentially collapsing upon occupants’ heads and necks.
- Cause a vehicle to roll into the path of oncoming traffic, possibly resulting in one or more additional collisions.
- Result in occupants being ejected from the vehicle, especially if they are not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, certain risk factors may make you more likely to be ejected from your vehicle in the case of a rollover accident. These risk factors include:
- The function or dysfunction of various safety equipment, such as airbags and seatbelts.
- The severity of the rollover.
- The position of the passenger or motorist within the vehicle.
- The type of vehicle involved in the accident.
Whether or not you manage to remain in the vehicle could impact the severity of the injury that you sustain. Depending on the facts of your own rollover accident, some possible injuries that you may have sustained could include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may occur from the force of the rollover, the roof crushing your head, or the impact of being ejected from your vehicle.
- Injury to your spinal cord.
- Broken bones.
- Damage to your internal organs.
- Severe cuts.
- Severe bruising.
You or your loved one may have suffered injuries other than those listed above. Such injuries may have inflicted direct financial costs as well as secondary consequences that have negatively impacted your life.
If you believe that your accident and resulting injuries were the results of negligence, then you can speak to our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation.
A Joliet Rollover Accident Lawyer May Help You Identify Negligent Defendants
When a rollover vehicle happens, there may be two initial questions to ask:
- Did one or more motorists cause the accident that resulted in a rollover?
- Did one or more features of your vehicle increase the risk of rollover, or fail to protect you from injury once the rollover occurred?
A lawyer may be able to provide resources and direct services to help you answer these questions. Some of the ways that they may do this could include:
- Collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene of the accident to whatever extent possible, including seeing the shape of the vehicle and whether critical safety features did what they should have.
- Relying on experts in crash dynamics and other relevant fields to help determine whether another motorist, your vehicle’s manufacturer (or specific parts’ manufacturers), or other parties could be liable for some or all of your accident-related losses.
Beyond these benefits, a lawyer may also:
- Initiate your lawsuit, should you choose to bring legal action.
- Draft all other legal documents necessary to complete your lawsuit.
- Collect your medical records and documentation to determine the amount of damages that you may be entitled to.
- Listen to settlement offers and negotiate terms on your behalf.
- If an acceptable settlement does not arise, representing you at trial.
- Handling all legal responsibilities throughout the term of your lawsuit.
- Defending your rights.
If your Joliet rollover accident lawyer is successful in securing a judgment or settlement, then you may be able to collect coverage for:
- Medical expenses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Income you have lost because of your accident.
- Any additional losses that you have suffered because of another person’s negligence.
Speak to a member of our law firm today to learn more about compensation that you could be entitled to.
Call Our Team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, Today
We may be able to handle your legal needs while you focus on your recovery from a rollover accident. Call our team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation.