Were You Hurt in a Rollover Accident?
Get an attorney who will help you get back up
No one expects their car to roll over, and few things are scarier than being in a car when it flips upside down. Rollovers can cause serious injuries that have life-altering consequences. That’s why car manufacturers are required to build in safety precautions – and that’s why it’s so important to hold them accountable.
If you were hurt in a rollover, you don’t have to go up against the insurance company alone. The Swanson Law Group has the experience and expertise to build a strong case on your behalf and guide you toward a brighter future. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced rollover accident attorney today.
Why do rollover accidents happen?
While any vehicle can roll over, rollover accidents are much more common in vehicles that have a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans. Most rollovers are what’s called “tripped” rollovers, which means an external force causes the vehicle to become destabilized. Some of the ways a vehicle can be tripped include:
- Striking a curb or other solid object that causes a sudden increase in horizontal force.
- A collision that pushes one side of the vehicle upward – for instance, a glancing crash with another vehicle, or hitting the turned-down end section of a guardrail.
- Crossing a ditch, slope, or uneven ground. The steeper the slope, the more likely it is to cause a vehicle to overturn.
- Strong winds can blow over a high-sided vehicle like a van or truck. This is common on coastal roads and exposed bridges.
An “untripped” rollover occurs when a vehicle loses stability due to a combination of inertia and gravity. For instance, when a car rounds a curve at a high speed or swerves to avoid a collision, the force of the tires pulls the bottom of the vehicle toward the center of the curve, while inertia pushes the vehicle’s center of gravity away from the curve. The higher the center of gravity and thus the further the distance between the two forces, the more unstable the vehicle becomes.
Who is liable for a rollover accident?
Often, liability for a rollover accident falls on a vehicle manufacturer. Some vehicles are designed in a manner that makes them particularly vulnerable to rollovers. Individual components of a vehicle, too, may contribute to a rollover; defective tires, for instance, can make it much easier for an obstacle to cause a “tripped” rollover. In addition, a manufacturer’s negligence may be responsible for the injuries sustained in a rollover, even if they didn’t cause the rollover itself. A vehicle’s roof should be designed and reinforced to protect the occupants in the event of a rollover; if a manufacturer cuts corners on safety, the people involved can be much more severely hurt.
Other rollovers may be caused by drivers of other vehicles – a rollover can occur either in a collision, or when swerving to avoid a collision – or by companies or municipal governments responsible for the maintenance of the road surface. Of course, negligence on the part of the driver of the rollover vehicle can also cause rollovers, whether that’s operating at an unsafe speed or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Rollovers can change lives. We will be your voice.
When a rollover happens and someone is seriously hurt, the insurance companies immediately spring into action to protect their interests. The worst day of your life is just another day at the office for them. They’ll point the finger at anyone they can to avoid paying up. Too often, that means gaslighting and manipulating the injured person, trying to get you to say something that they can use as an excuse to deny your claim.
We understand the complex legal issues involved in rollover accidents, and we are on your side. When you hire us to represent you, we’ll immediately contact the insurance companies and all other interested parties to inform them that they can send all further correspondence to us. We will launch an immediate investigation to get to the bottom of your accident, and we will stand as a shield between you and the insurance company, protecting your rights while you focus on getting better.
Our policy is to prepare every case for trial. When a car insurance company or vehicle manufacturer sees that we’re ready to take them to trial, they usually pay fair value. If they refuse to pay, we’ll argue your case before a judge and jury. This can be a long process, but we are your guide throughout, walking alongside you and pointing the way to a better future.
Rollover victims have legal recourse. We can help.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we win. You pay us nothing out of pocket, and we advance all costs needed to move your case forward – taking depositions, hiring expert witnesses, obtaining documents, and so on. If we get you a financial recovery, either in a settlement or at trial, our fee is a percentage of that recovery. If we don’t win, you don’t owe us a penny.
The accident changed your life, and there will be more challenges ahead, but you don’t have to face them alone. Get a law firm on your side that knows how to stand up to insurance companies and big manufacturers. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced rollover accident attorney.