While rollover accidents are rare, they are often deadly. When a rollover car accident does not end in a fatality, it often ends in catastrophic injuries that cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. In addition to being deadly, they also lead to some of the most complicated accident claims out there.
Because rollover accident claims are so complicated, most people will need the help of an accident attorney to get a full and fair compensation award. If you were injured in a rollover accident, the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz can help: 404-474-0804.
Why are rollover claims so complicated?
Rollover claims are difficult to resolve because it is often difficult to determine who is legally liable for the accident. This is because multiple factors often contribute to a single rollover accident including one or more negligent drivers, bad weather, poor road conditions, or a negligently designed vehicle.
Depending on the accident, any of the following parties might be liable for your accident:
- Another driver
- A government entity
- A manufacturer
In some cases, two or more people may share liability for the accident. When this happens, the two people at fault will share the cost of the damages.
How do I prove liability in a rollover accident?
To win your rollover accident claim, you will need to prove that another person’s negligence caused your accident. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. can help you determine who may be liable for your accident and then investigate your claim to determine causation.
For example, consider a situation where another driver drifts into your lane, causing you to swerve sharply out of the way in order to prevent a head-on-collision. If you lose control of your vehicle and roll over, that other driver will most likely be to blame because he caused the rollover accident to occur. However, because he was not directly involved in the accident (i.e., he did not actually make contact with your car), holding him liable can be difficult.
Government entities (e.g., the state itself, cities, municipalities) may be liable for injuries drivers sustain in rollover accidents if they failed to post road signs warning drivers about an upcoming sharp turn on a high-speed road.
In both of these situations, you will need to prove through irrefutable proof, that the other person caused your accident. To prove liability, you might use:
- Eyewitness testimony (e.g., eyewitnesses can show how the accident occurred, if the other driver left the scene, they might be able to give officers the driver’s license plate number)
- Surveillance camera footage
- The police report
What can I recover in a rollover car accident claim?
In many rollover accidents, occupants are thrown from the vehicle. Even for those who remain inside the rolling vehicle, the extreme forces often lead to serious injuries and medical complications that may only reveal themselves years in the future. This can lead to:
- Astronomical medical bills
- Weeks or months out of work
- The inability to return to your same job/inability to work at all
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Long-term disability
In cases of a fatal rollover accident, families can recover:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of potential lifetime earnings, income, and services
- Loss of love, companionship, affection, care, etc.
All the above are compensable. But to recover these damages, you must establish your injuries and other losses were related to the accident. You can do so with medical records, medical bills, W-2s, pay stubs, and pain journals.
Call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. today for help.
As a victim of someone else’s negligence, you deserve full and fair compensation after a rollover accident. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. will help you get that compensation.
Our car accident team will investigate your accident and consult with road design, mechanical, accident, and medical experts to reconstruct your accident and determine the effects of your injuries. These experts can provide testimony for your claim during negotiations with the other insurance company or during a trial. Our goal is for you to get fair compensation for all of your short- and long-term damages.
To schedule your free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C., call 404-474-0804.