Your vehicle’s damage in a rollover accident is almost always catastrophic, and there is a great risk of injury to you and your passengers.
You should not have to continue to suffer financially after a rollover crash if the accident was not your fault. California uses a comparative negligence model to determine who is responsible and for how much. For instance, you might be 10 percent responsible, and the other party is 90 percent.
An Anaheim rollover accident lawyer can look into the details of your case if you are interested in seeking compensation from the other driver. Please speak to one of our team members at Ben Crump, PLLC, by calling us at (800) 598-7557.
Why the Cause of a Rollover Affects Your Claim
It is important to know why your car flipped over since it can point to the liable party. Is another driver, the manufacturer, or the local government responsible?
With car accident lawsuits, you will need to prove the party’s negligence injured you and your loved one. Even when meeting with insurance companies, evidence of the party at fault can strengthen your case.
SaferCar found that 95 percent of rollovers occur because the vehicle tripped. Tripped rollovers include the following types and examples:
- Soft soil – If you have ever pulled off to the side of the road, you may have noticed that land starts where the pavement ends. Soft soil increases the likelihood of a rollover as vehicle wheels dig into the weak ground.
- Guardrails – A guardrail can work like a ramp if your vehicle catches and goes airborne over it. A vehicle can also trip over it when another vehicle forces it over the stationary object.
- Steep slope – Some hilly areas have roads that curve around steep drops. It is easy for even a low, wide car to flip on an area with a high degree of slope.
- Side-impact – Your car can roll over if hit from the side while going at a high speed. A hit from the driver or passenger side can turn the car, causing it to rollover.
You may have driven your vehicle into soft soil, over a guardrail, or down a slope. Or, another motorist might have crashed into you and pushed your vehicle to one of those situations. Still, your vehicle’s design could have increased the likelihood of a rollover.
Driver and Manufacturer Errors
Speeding is a common factor in most rollovers.
Fast speeds make it more difficult for you and other drivers to navigate turns. Intoxication can also make it challenging to navigate turns or even drive straight. A drunk driver can lose control of their vehicle or pass out behind the wheel and cause a rollover accident.
The design of the vehicle and parts on it can also contribute. High speeds around tight turns can cause rollovers in top-heavy vehicles, such as SUVs and pickups. Likewise, tires with too much grip can force a vehicle to flip instead of slide.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, to speak with us about your rollover accident. An Anaheim rollover accident lawyer can help you seek reimbursement for your damaged vehicle and other expenses.
For a free legal consultation with a rollover accidents lawyer serving Anaheim, call 800-959-1444
Compensation for Rollover Damages
Rollover accidents often result in serious injuries. In California, you have two years to seek compensation for personal injuries or the death of a family member, according to California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1. Common severe injuries from a rollover include the following:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Neck and spinal cord injuries, like whiplash
- Amputations and deformities
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Nerve damage and paralysis
- Bruises, burns, and cuts
Disabilities and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur from serious car accidents. These conditions mean high medical bills for emergency care, treatment, and ongoing services. Medical bills and records can serve as evidence of the financial losses you have suffered and may continue to experience in the future.
You can also include the financial toll to your vehicle. Repair costs for a rolled vehicle are astronomical, and most insurance companies will consider the vehicle totaled. Quotes and estimates from the mechanic, insurance company, or third-party evaluator will show how much you lost in personal property.
If injuries, property damage, or the death of your family member cause your household to miss out on income, you have the right to seek reimbursement. You can also request compensation for a loss of future income if the consequences of the accident will keep you from working. Similarly, you can demand payment for future wages if your deceased family member provided earnings for the household.
Similarly, you can add funeral and burial costs to your claim if your spouse, parent, or child died because of injuries suffered in the rollover accident. Death expenses are in the thousands, and the at-fault party should cover these expenses. You should not have to worry about having the money to bury your loved one while you are grieving.
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How We Can Help You
With car accidents, you deal with the insurance company directly rather than the driver. Insurance companies are businesses that want to keep their profits high, so representatives may refuse your claim or give you less than needed.
An Anaheim rollover accident lawyer can negotiate on your behalf while you focus on recovery. We can argue for the compensation you deserve, and it will be up to you to decide to accept a settlement or move your claim to court.
At Ben Crump, PLLC, we do not get paid unless you win. Our fee comes from your settlement or lawsuit award, and you can include legal costs into your case. Call us with your question at (800) 598-7557.