Rollover crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and significant property and vehicle damage.
Anything from poor road conditions, poor weather, slippery roads, speeding while turning, inadequate banking on roads, narrow roads, vehicle design, and improper loading can lead to a rollover. If you or a loved one was involved in a rollover accident, was struck by a vehicle that rolled over, or sustained property damage in such a crash, our Lafayette rollover crashes lawyer can help. Call the Laborde Earles Law Firm at (337) 777-7777 for legal guidance.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published extensive studies on rollover crashes. The vast majority of all rollover crashes—over 90% of them—occur when a vehicle is executing a standard maneuver such as driving straight down the road or turning along a curve.
In some cases, rollovers may be caused by the combined effects of multiple causes. Here are some of the leading causes of rollover crashes.
- Vehicle design: Vehicles with a higher center of gravity are more prone to rollover crashes than others. SUVs, delivery trucks, RVs, and other top-heavy vehicles can flip over more easily than lower vehicles.
- Weather conditions: Poor weather such as strong winds and icy roads can make it easier for a vehicle to slip, flip, or tip over.
- Driver mistakes: In many situations, driver errors directly cause a rollover. For example, sharp turns at high speeds or sudden overcorrections on an incline can easily cause a vehicle to roll over.
- High speeds: Rollover crashes are more likely to occur to vehicles traveling at higher speeds. Hitting objects on the road–whether debris, uneven sections of the road, or roadside fixtures while traveling at high speed can cause a vehicle to flip over.
- Collisions: It is not uncommon for a vehicle to roll over when “pushed” over in a collision with another vehicle. All it takes is for the center of gravity of a vehicle to move beyond its base and the vehicle will continue to fall until it turns over.
- Driving under the influence: The use of alcohol or other substances that can impair your ability to drive can lead to a rollover crash. Alcohol use plays a role in a high percentage of rollover crashes.
- Poor road maintenance: Single-vehicle rollover accidents can occur if a vehicle is thrown off course by poorly maintained roads. Road debris, potholes, cracks, puddles, and upheavals can all lead to a rollover.
Rollover crashes can lead to permanent injuries, lacerations, broken bones, fatalities, and a loss of property. Wrongful death claims, pain and suffering, and punitive damages may also come into play.
Our Lafayette rollover crashes lawyer can help you determine which of these factors was involved in causing your accident, who is liable, and what types of compensation you may be entitled to as a result.
For a free legal consultation with a rollover crashes accident lawyer serving Lafayette, call (337) 223-9925
Insurance Coverage and Rollover Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 90 people are killed on U.S. roadways every single day. When it comes to rollover accidents, some of the injuries that we commonly see include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord Injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
Depending on the severity and the causes of your rollover crash, you may be able to file a claim for damages that include coverage for:
- Vehicle and property damage
- Bodily injuries
- Lost income from missing work
- Surgery, medicine, and therapy costs
- Testing and treatment costs
- Doctor’s visits and transportation costs
- Incidental costs such as caretaking or home services
As with all accident types, rollover accident claims are usually handled by insurance agents and representatives of the court. You must document as much as you can about the accident by taking pictures, collecting the contact information of other drivers and passengers as well as any eyewitnesses, and obtaining the official police report of your accident. Thoroughly documenting the accident and providing proof of what happened can help build a more robust case.
In addition to the above, maintain a log of missed work, medical expenses, and other outlays, and contact the Laborde Earles Law Firm for help with filing and pursuing your claim.
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Call Laborde Earles Law Firm to Discuss Your Case Today
If you were injured in a rollover crash, a Lafayette rollover crashes lawyer can help. We can assist in the following ways:
- Provide you with a free case evaluation so you have a clearer picture of your legal rights and options based on the circumstances of your case.
- Gather evidence in support of your claim. This will include police reports, dashcam footage, eyewitness testimony, and commercial drive logs, as applicable.
- We can help you identify which damages and injuries may be compensable. We can also quantify and evaluate the extent of your damages.
- Handle negotiations with all relevant parties, including insurance agents, the representatives of the at-fault parties, and legal and law enforcement personnel.
- Represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
- Assist with all administrative and procedural steps relevant to your claim, such as filing paperwork, providing evidence, and issuing notices where required.
Statutes of limitation apply to accident claims, so we encourage you to act now. Missing an important filing window can affect your chances of pursuing your claim, and acting while details of the accident are still fresh in your memory can also make it easier to detail what happened to you and how.
Call the Laborde Earles Law Firm at (337) 777-7777 to speak with a member of our team and to take the first steps towards investigating your case.