Any vehicle can rollover, however drivers and passengers in a sports utility
vehicle (SUV), minivan or truck are most at risk for facing a deadly rollover
accident. This is because when compared to cars, SUV's have a higher
center of gravity (taller) which directly influences a vehicle's stability,
particularly when a vehicle makes a quick turn or swerve or is crashed
into at a high rate of speed.
However, no matter what vehicle is driven, injuries from a rollover accident
are often serious, even life threatening. In fact according to the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than half of all single vehicle accident deaths are a result of
a rollover accident. In addition, according to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover accidents are
reported each year with more than 10,000 deaths attributed to those accidents.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
More than any other type of crash, rollovers are a result of the interaction
of the driver, road, vehicle or other environmental factors. Some of the
most common factors that may cause a vehicle to rollover include:
- Vehicle Type - SUV versus a car for example
- Speed of the Vehicle
- Dangerous road conditions - i.e. debris on the road, traffic signals or
signs not working or absent
- Negligent Driver or Fault of Another Driver - Other driver may be driving
under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, cuts your vehicle off causing
you to drive off the road, distracted driving, etc..
- Environmental Factors - i.e. avoiding a deer on the road
- Defective auto part - i.e. faulty air big, tire failure, poor suspension
system design, defective breaks, etc..
Rollover Accident Injuries
Injuries in a rollover can range from minor to severe, though in most incidents
the injuries sustained are serious. Some of the most common injuries a
victim may suffer from include:
Legal Rights After A Rollover Accident in Michigan
Victims of rollover accidents in Michigan, both drivers and occupants,
even if the incident is a single-vehicle accident, do have legal rights.
Therefore, depending on how your accident occurred and injuries suffered
will determine what compensation may be available to you and who you file
the claim against. For example, if the rollover accident occurred due
to a mechanical failure or defective auto part, the vehicle's manufacturer
can be held responsible for your injuries and accident-related costs.
If the accident occurred due to the negligence of another driver, a victim
and his or her family may be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for
their pain and suffering damages. If the rollover was a single-vehicle
crash, since Michigan is a no-fault state, victims may be entitled to
file a claim against their own insurance company for their accident-related
losses, including medical bill reimbursement, lost wages if any, attendant
care (in-home nursing care), and more.
With the help of an experienced Michigan car accident attorney, victims
and their families will be able to get the compensation they deserve.
Michigan rollover accidents can lead to a lot of injuries and problems
for drivers and passengers like, both immediately and unfortunately, more
often than not, for life. For this reason it is important that you discuss
your case with an attorney who can explain your rights to you and determine
what legal recourse is available.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. our
auto accident attorneys actively represent victims of rollover crashes. We have over 30 years
of helping those injured obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
We can help you too. Find out today what legal recourse is available to you and
discuss your case for free and of
no obligation. Call now at
(248) 793-2010. We will answer all of your questions and explain the legal process to you.
Best of all should you need an attorney to represent you in your claim,
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