Motor vehicle collisions often cause serious injuries, but rollover accidents can have particularly catastrophic results. People inside a vehicle can be thrown around as it rolls over. They may strike windows, doors, or the ceiling. They may also be hit by objects inside the vehicle when it rolls over.
If you were hurt in a rollover accident, you might have spent time in the hospital, and you may have to spend months recovering from your injuries at home or in a rehabilitation facility. You may be unable to work, and your family may be struggling to cover regular living expenses, such as your mortgage or rent, groceries, auto loans, and credit card bills. Your physical pain and suffering, plus financial worries and fears about what the future may hold, may be straining your relationships with your loved ones.
A Dallas rollover accident lawyer may be able to help you seek financial compensation to cover your medical costs (both past and future), plus your lost income, lost or reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering. You may be able to settle your case through insurance negotiations or a judge’s verdict.
How Rollover Accidents Can Occur
A vehicle with a high center of gravity is more likely to roll over than a vehicle that sits lower to the ground. A vehicle with a high center of gravity can roll over if it loses contact with the road. That can happen if the driver travels too fast and loses control or if the vehicle jumps a curb or hits a guardrail. A rollover accident may also occur if a vehicle partially leaves the road so that one or more tires are on a soft surface, and the others are on pavement.
If a car, truck, or SUV is struck by another vehicle, the vehicle that is hit may roll over. An accident may also occur if a driver swerves to avoid a hazard and loses control of the vehicle. The risk of a rollover accident is greater in a vehicle with a higher center of gravity.
In some cases, a design flaw or a manufacturing defect causes a vehicle to roll over. A car, truck, or SUV may be designed in a way that makes it likely that the driver will lose control in some circumstances. A driver might be able to avoid an accident if they were warned of the risk and told how to prevent a collision. If the manufacturer fails to warn consumers of a danger associated with a vehicle’s design, that may result in a crash.
A manufacturing defect may cause a particular vehicle to deviate from a safe design. A problem with a specific part of a vehicle, such as faulty brakes, may cause a collision.
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How a Dallas Rollover Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate the circumstances that led to the crash to figure out who was liable. We can start by reviewing the police report and speaking to you and any eyewitnesses. If a person who was driving another vehicle lost control, and that resulted in a collision that caused your vehicle to roll over, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver.
If we find evidence that your vehicle rolled over because of a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, we may be able to file a lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer. You would not have to demonstrate that the vehicle maker was negligent to win a product liability case. If a product was unsafe, the manufacturer could be held liable for damages, regardless of whether it was negligent.
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Other Issues That Could Affect Your Case
If your vehicle rolled over and you believe it occurred because of a design flaw or a manufacturing defect, the vehicle maker may dispute your claim and try to avoid accepting responsibility for the accident. The company may claim that the design was not flawed, that there was no manufacturing defect, or that you used the vehicle in a way in which it was not intended to be used, making you responsible for the crash.
In some cases, an investigation reveals that multiple factors contributed to an accident, and more than one party was responsible. Like many other states, Texas has a modified comparative negligence law to address those sorts of situations, according to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 33.001.
If you are found partly liable for the collision, you may still be able to seek a financial award for your injuries, as long as you were not more than half at fault. A settlement that you would have otherwise been entitled to would be reduced by a percentage to account for your amount of fault.
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Consult with an Attorney to Discuss Your Legal Options
A Dallas rollover accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue a financial award to compensate you for what you have suffered and for what you will have to continue to endure because of the collision. If you are overwhelmed with bills, and you think that you could not afford to hire an attorney, that should not be a concern.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates according to a contingency model. That means that our firm does not charge personal injury clients any money up front. We cover litigation costs ourselves and only get paid if we obtain compensation on behalf of a client.
You have a limited amount of time to act. According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. It may take our team some time to gather and sort through all the relevant information and figure out what happened. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to get to work. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at 800-959-1444.
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