One moment you are driving down the road, and the next, you are rolling over. It’s a frightening experience and one that can leave you with serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been in a rollover accident, it is important to know what steps to take next and whether or not you have the right to file a personal injury claim.
If you want to understand your rights in the event of a rollover accident, contact the car accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C today.
How Do Rollover Collisions Happen?
Rollover accidents occur when the vehicle rolls over onto its side or roof. Many types of accidents can lead to a vehicle rollover, but some are more common than others. Some of the most frequent causes include:
- Single-vehicle crash: When a car loses control and ends up rolling over.
- Drifting off the road: When a driver drifts too far to one side of the road, they can lose control and roll over.
- Sudden stops: If you slam on your brakes too hard, you can cause the car in front of you to stop suddenly, leading to a pile-up and a rollover.
- Vehicles with high centers of gravity: SUVs, vans, and trucks are more likely to roll over than smaller cars because of their higher center of gravity.
- Multi-vehicle crashes: When two vehicles collide at high speeds, they can end up rolling over onto their side or roof because of the force of the impact or momentum caused by one vehicle hitting another.
Common Injuries After a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents can cause many injuries, some of which are quite serious. Some common injuries include:
- Head, Brain, and neck injuries can be very serious and often require surgery.
- Spinal cord injuries: These can lead to paralysis or even death.
- Internal organ damage: Injuries to the liver, kidneys, or spleen can be fatal.
- Broken bones are common in rollover accidents and can take a long time to heal.
- Road rash/burns: When you roll over, you often end up sliding across the pavement or are ejected from the vehicle, which can cause severe road rash or burns.
Steps to Take After a Rollover Crash
There are many things you need to do after vehicle rollovers:
- Ensure that your vehicle is removed from the roadway as quickly as possible and that it does not pose a hazard to other drivers.
- Call for help if you or any passengers have suffered severe injuries and need immediate medical care.
- Call the police so that an official report can be written regarding the cause of your accident.
- Gather information from witnesses to the accident, including names and contact details.
- Take photographs of your car (if you are able) and any other vehicles involved in the crash. Also, be sure to take pictures of street signs and weather conditions.
The Long-Term Impact of Rollover Accidents
A rollover accident can have a long-term impact on your life. You may experience physical injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. You may also face financial difficulties due to lost wages and expensive medical bills. In addition, you may suffer from emotional trauma that can affect your ability to work and enjoy life.
Rollover Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may be able to file an injury claim against the party responsible for your crash.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you build a strong case and get the compensation you deserve.
Who Is At Fault in a Rollover Accident?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the cause of a rollover accident can often be complex. Determining who is at fault in a crash usually requires an investigation into the specific circumstances of the accident.
If a defective vehicle design caused your rollover accident, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer. In some cases, it may be clear that the driver was at fault for losing control of the car. In other cases, the road conditions or weather may be to blame.
Determining Liability in a Rollover Accident
In order to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident, you must be able to prove that they were negligent. Proving negligence requires the following:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care
- That this duty was breached by their actions (or lack thereof)
- That you were injured as a result of this breached duty of care.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you build a case and determine who is at fault in your accident. If you have been injured, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney today.
Why You Need an Attorney After a Rollover Crash
There are many reasons why you need an attorney after a rollover crash. Some of the most important include:
- Attorneys know how to investigate complex traffic accidents, especially those involving car rollovers. They can gather evidence and prove that your accident was caused by another driver or defective vehicle.
- Attorneys understand insurance company tactics and can help you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
- An attorney can provide emotional support and guidance through the legal process.
Auto Insurance Settlements For Rollover Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident, your auto insurance company may offer you a settlement. However, it is important to understand that these settlements are often far less than what you deserve.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company and get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Don’t accept a settlement from your insurance company without talking to an attorney first.
How Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Can Help You
The Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a motor vehicle accident, gathering the evidence to establish liability and negligence.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has achieved more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the most respected attorney-ranking service organization in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
We Will Get You a Fair Settlement
Our personal injuries have years of experience handling car accident cases. Here are a few of our car accident case results:
- $6 million for a client who suffered a brain injury after being involved in a rear-end collision.
- $4.8 million for a severely injured client after another vehicle struck his motorcycle.
- $1.9 million for a client who suffered a permanent back injury due to a car accident.
- $1.5 million for a client who had to undergo multiple surgeries after a negligent motorist cut off his motorcycle.
- $1 million settlement obtained on behalf of our 19-year-old client who was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control, causing a collision. As a result, our client suffered extensive brain damage with cognitive impairment. He was in a coma for an extended period of time. Although he has regained consciousness, he is unable to care for himself. The law firm asked the Court to appoint him a guardian to care for him. The law firm is helping to establish a special needs trust so that the proceeds from the settlement will be protected against any medical liens.
- $1 million settlement on behalf of client suffered a brain injury when the driver of the car in which he was a passenger lost control of his vehicle.
How Can You Prevent a Rollover Accident?
While there is no guaranteed way to prevent every rollover accident, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk:
- Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Improperly inflated tires have less traction and make it easier for you to lose control of the car.
- Drive at a safe speed. The faster you go, the harder it is to stop or change direction quickly if needed. Driving too fast also increases your chance of hitting another vehicle and rolling over.
- Avoid driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Alcohol and other substances can impair your ability to drive safely, leading to accidents more easily.
- Don’t swerve suddenly at high speeds. Swerving is a common cause of rollover crashes because it causes the car’s momentum to shift abruptly and possibly overturn.
Contact an Accident Lawyer Today
If you are looking for the highest level representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.