SUVs have a reputation for rolling over and the results can be tragic. On an annual basis, there are approximately 30,000 people injured with more than 10,000 killed as the result of rollovers. While the SUV rollover is not as common as other accident types, there are serious injuries that result, and there are times in which death can result since the motion of a vehicle rolling over is so unpredictable. It is almost impossible for a person to brace themselves in a way that they can avoid injury.
Rollover Accident Factors
SUVs, trucks, minivans and large vans are susceptible to rollover accidents. This has not been a mystery for many years, so drivers have been warned that they are to take caution when turning corners and taking curves too fast. Drivers are also advised to be mindful of road conditions that could contribute to a rollover accident.
Aside from vehicle design, there are other factors that contribute to rollover accidents:
- Mechanical failure
- Tire failure
- Driver negligence
- Poor roadway conditions
- Poor road signs
Even low-speed rollover accidents can have devastating results. There are also occasions in which the accident was not the result of the driver's negligence, but due to factors not their fault. For instance, poor road signs, tire failure and mechanical failure are not the fault of the driver, but they can still result in injuries and financial consequences that must be dealt with.
Rollover Accident Claims
The injuries that can be sustained include burns, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones, neck injuries and possibly death. Because of the motion of the vehicle, many of these injuries are due to seat belts, shattering windows and a roof that caves inward. Unfortunately, there are times in which the gas tank may catch on fire and this can lead to burns from the fire. It is also possible that the vehicle could explode due to the trauma a rollover accident inflicts upon it.
In the claims process, your lawyer will evaluate the elements of the accident. This is to ensure that another party is, in fact, at fault. This evaluation is done by looking at the police report, witness statements and other available evidence. It is also possible that an accident reconstruction expert will be used to review the accident. From there, you may be able to pursue monetary damages for one or more of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of support
- Funeral expenses
There may be other damages that your attorney deems appropriate for your case depending upon the circumstances that surround it. The goal is to reach the best possible outcome for you.
Minneapolis Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident or a loved one lost their life due to the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to pursue compensation that can make a difference in your future. You do not want to pay expenses that are not your fault no more than you want to have to deal with the injuries and emotional pain. We want to provide you with the caring, aggressive and strategic representation that we are known for. All you have to do is call 612-332-2000 or fill out our online contact form to arrange your free case evaluation and we will inform you of your rights and options.