Were You Injured in a Truck Rollover Accident?
Our attorneys hold the trucking companies accountable for negligence
When they aren’t maintained and safely operated, semi-trucks are a potential hazard to everyone else on the road, and one of the most potentially deadly hazards is a rollover. If you’ve been injured in a truck rollover crash, you know this firsthand. In moments, a heavy truck can flip over and cause an injury that changes your life forever. There will be more challenges on the road ahead, but you don’t have to face them alone.
The Swanson Law Group has the resources and experience to take on trucking companies and help victims find their path forward. If you’ve been hurt, don’t go it alone. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced truck rollover accident lawyer today.
Why do truck rollovers happen?
Big rigs may look like solid, sturdily built vehicles, but they are surprisingly unstable due to their size, weight, and high center of gravity. They have the potential to get out of control at any moment, and truckers are held to high legal standards to safely operate those vehicles. Unfortunately, those standards are not always met.
There are four general causes of truck rollover accidents:
- Turns: When a semi-truck takes a turn too quickly or too sharply, the tires can lose their grip on the road surface, causing the truck to flip over. This is particularly likely to occur on sharp curves, sudden maneuvers if the truck must swerve to avoid an obstacle, or in slippery conditions.
- Ramps: This type of rollover occurs when some of the truck’s tires are lifted above the others – for instance, if one side of the truck hits a curb or the turned-down end of a guardrail. Distracted, impaired, or fatigued truck drivers may drift out of the travel lane and onto an uneven surface, causing a rollover.
- Skids: When a semi-truck’s brakes lock up, they can cause the truck to skid out of control, which can in turn cause a jackknife or rollover. This often happens in slippery conditions or when the drive must make a quick maneuver. Poorly maintained brakes and worn-out tires can also increase the risk of a skid.
- Spins: The weight and inertia of a commercial truck can cause it to spin out of control once it skids. At that point, if the truck hits an obstacle, or the cargo shifts and causes a loss of horizontal stability, the truck may ultimately roll over.
Broadly speaking, this means negligence is almost always to blame. Truck drivers are required to be trained and experienced to avoid rollover risks, including driving at a safe speed and maintaining a safe following distance so they don’t have to slam on their brakes. Trucking companies are responsible for keeping their vehicles maintained and giving their drivers realistic schedules so they can take mandatory breaks and drive at safe speeds. When they don’t put safety first, serious injuries can happen. We fight to hold them accountable.
We don’t let insurance companies take advantage of truck accident victims
When a semi-truck rolls over, motorists see a dangerous hazard. Insurance companies see exposure to their bottom line. They put their most experienced attorneys and adjusters on the case to protect their interests, and they deploy all their tactics – pressuring, misleading, and even gaslighting victims – to find an excuse to delay, dispute or deny a claim. It may have been the worst day of your life, but to them, it’s just another day at the office. They do this all the time, and you need an attorney on your side who is prepared to meet them head-on.
As soon as you hire us, we’ll contact the trucking company, the insurance companies for the cab and trailer, and any other interested parties to inform them that they can send all further correspondence to your lawyer. From that point forward, we are your shield, standing between you and the insurance company to protect your rights while you focus on getting better. We know their tactics, and we know how to counter them. They know our reputation, and they know we’re the attorneys they must pay.
Our team prepares every case we handle for trial, especially high-stakes truck accident cases. That starts with a thorough investigation: was the truck driver properly trained and experienced to know what to do in a rollover situation? Were the truck’s brakes and suspension properly maintained? Was the trucker taking mandatory rest breaks, or were they tired and not paying attention? Every detail can affect the outcome. We put in the time and effort to build the strongest possible case for the full amount of compensation you deserve under the law.
Usually, when the insurance company sees our depth of preparation, they’re ready to pay up. They know our track record of results and the risk they’ll take if they choose to face us at trial. If they won’t pay, though, we’re always ready to face them before a judge and jury. At every step in the process, we will keep you updated and make sure you know what to expect. It’s your case, and ultimately, it’s your life.
Let our truck accident attorneys even the odds
You have recourse under the law, and that shouldn’t depend on your ability to pay. That’s why we represent truck accident victims on a contingency fee basis. We will invest our own time and resources into your case, matching the trucking company shot for shot at no out-of-pocket cost to you. If we win, our fee is a percentage of the recovery; if we don’t win, you don’t owe us anything. We’re in this fight together, and our only goal is to get a positive outcome for you.
It’s important to start that process quickly, though. The trucking company will have investigators on the scene right away, and they may be able to destroy or conceal critical evidence if an attorney doesn’t intervene promptly. Let us start protecting your interests right from the beginning. Contact us today to speak with an experienced truck rollover accident attorney about your case.