While any sort of car accident is scary, of course, a rollover accident can be particularly frightening. You’re driving along in your SUV or other high-profile vehicle, and all of sudden you feel the vehicle starting to lean to the side. Maybe it’s because you had to swerve to avoid a reckless driver, or you tried to avoid a pothole.
If you were hurt in a rollover crash caused by another driver’s negligence, or for some other reason that was out of your control, Sand Law may be able to help. We have a lot of experience in this area of the law, and we’ll fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at 651-291-7263 or contact us online to learn more or to schedule a free review of your case.
Contributing Factors to Minnesota Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle, typically an SUV, suddenly loses its stability. It will usually happen when a driver tries to make a sharp turn, or has to suddenly swerve. These are just some of the other reasons why this kind of accident happens.
- Distracted or impaired drivers. If someone is talking or texting while driving, their attention won’t be on the road as a result. That could result in their vehicle entering a lane occupied by an SUV. When the SUV driver has to make a sudden move to avoid an accident, that could increase the risk of a rollover. The same applies to motorists trying to avoid fatigued or drunk drivers who enter their lane.
- Speeding. Trying to make a sharp turn at a high speed can greatly increase the chances for a rollover to occur.
- Road obstacles. When roads are not properly maintained, problems like uneven pavement or potholes can be especially risky for drivers of vehicles that are more prone to rolling over.
- The type of vehicle. SUVs and other vehicles that are taller than the average passenger vehicle tend to roll over. The reason is that they have a higher center of gravity, and that can lead to instability.
Defective Parts Can Cause to Rollover Accidents
There are other contributing causes to rollover crashes as well, namely, some sort of product defect. For example, the vehicle itself may have been poorly designed. Manufacturers are often urged to increase the stability of SUVs by lowering their center of gravity. Unfortunately, there are some automakers that have placed profits over safety, and refused to make those changes. There is a chance you might be able to take action against a manufacturer if it can be proven that design defects helped cause the rollover to occur.
The tires may have been defectively manufactured, and blew out prematurely. Or, the brakes could have failed due to a defect. An attorney with Sand Law can help you determine if you have grounds to take action against any manufacturer if a defective part led to your accident.
Injuries from Rollover Accidents
As you might imagine – or you might have already experienced for yourself – injuries that result from a rollover accident can have long-lasting impacts. Many victims, for instance, will suffer severe traumatic brain injuries that can leave them incapacitated for the rest of their lives. Severe spinal cord injuries are also common, resulting in long-term debilitation.
Deaths Caused by Rollover Accidents
Even though rollover accidents can lead to devastating injuries, they will tragically often result in fatalities as well.
Rollover accidents are actually fairly uncommon, accounting for about 3% of all serious accidents. Incredibly, though, they account for about 30% of passenger vehicle accident fatalities, underscoring just how dangerous these crashes can be.
Damages from a Rollover Accident
One of the first questions we typically get from clients is how much money they may be able to receive through a personal injury lawsuit. There are a lot of factors that go into determining how much your case will be worth.
Some damages, or losses, that stem from an accident are fairly easy to calculate. These include medical bills, lost wages, property damage and others. There are other types of damages, however, that don’t lend themselves to dollar amounts. These are non-economic damages, such as emotional trauma and pain and suffering.
No reputable attorney will ever make promises regarding how much money you’ll get by filing a rollover accident lawsuit. However, the attorneys with Sand Law will fight to get you exactly what you deserve.
Why You Need a Minnesota Rollover Crash Attorney
If you have been hurt – or suffered the tragic loss of a loved one – in a rollover accident, there are a lot of reasons why you’ll need to contact a car accident attorney quickly.
First, you’ll have to prove the accident wasn’t your fault. In order to do that, of course, you’re going to need evidence. Finding a law firm with the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation will be critically important to gathering that evidence. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better the chances you’ll get the proof you need – before road conditions change due to rain, construction or anything else.
Another huge reason to get legal representation is an uncooperative insurance company. There’s a good chance either your insurer, or the company that covers the negligent driver, will refuse to offer you a fair settlement.
Far too many accident victims make the mistake of accepting the first offer they receive, only to realize it won’t come close to paying for the aforementioned medical expenses or lost wages.
A skilled attorney will help you avoid that mistake, and will know how to convince insurance companies to give you what you deserve.
Contact a Minnesota Rollover Accident Lawyer Today
There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to personal injury lawyers. A lot of people think they’ll have to pay money up front to get legal representation. But that’s not the case at all. Personal injury attorneys work on what is known as a “contingency fee.” That simply means that they’re paid contingent on the case’s outcome. If you win, the attorney will be paid. If you don’t, then the attorney receives nothing.
Get in touch with a Sand Law attorney for more information on what we can do to help you recover compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered in a rollover accident. Contact us online or call 651-291-7263 for a free consultation.