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:
- Broken Bones or Fractures
- Internal Bleeding
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Brain Injuries or Head Injuries
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) 286-8100. 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, our lawyer's offer a trusted no win no fee promise, meaning there are no legal fees or costs whatsoever until you win or settle your claim. Call today to learn your rights and get the results you deserve!