A rollover car accident occurs when a vehicle rolls over on its roof or on its side. Rollover car accidents are terrifying, and they are serious — catastrophic injuries and fatalities are common (trailing only head-on collisions and motorcycle accidents), because occupants get thrown around like rag dolls or projected outside the vehicle like missiles.
Tragically, over one-third of all vehicle deaths occur in rollover accidents, even though rollover accidents account for less than five percent of all car and truck accidents. Over 90 percent of all rollover accidents are one-vehicle accidents, and SUV’s are by far the most likely candidate for these types of accidents.
How Rollover Accidents Happen
Although there are many different causes of rollover accidents, most occur for the following reasons:
- Speeding around a curve (especially if you hit an embankment or guardrail)
- Driving with tires in poor or defective condition
- Driving over potholes or debris in the road
- Swerving to avoid a pedestrian, vehicle or obstacle
How to Avoid (or at Least Survive) a Rollover Accident
The risk of a rollover accident injury is ever-present whenever you are driving or riding in an automobile. You can minimize your risk of personal injury, however, by observing the following precautions:
- Select a vehicle with a low center of gravity and a wide base — in other words, avoid an SUV, minivan or pick-up truck. The lower to the ground the car is, the less prone to a rollover accident it is likely to be.
- Slow down for turns. Once you start swerving sideways, you’re one bump away from a rollover accident.
- Keep your tires balanced and don’t let the air pressure get low.
- Drive carefully on wet surfaces and watch out for debris on the road.
- Drive defensively — in particular, don’t tailgate.
- Stay sober behind the wheel.
- Buckle up! Buckling up might not prevent a rollover accident, but it will drastically increase your odds of surviving one.
- Seek medical help immediately after an accident, even if you don’t think you are injured.
Mandatory Safety Measures
California state law and federal law are surprisingly silent when it comes to specific regulatory standards designed to prevent rollover accidents. It is true, however, that the roofs of vehicles weighing 6,000 pounds or less are required by federal law to be able to withstand impact pressure of 1.5 times their weight.
Nevertheless, it is possible to win a product liability lawsuit against an auto manufacturer without proving the violation of a regulation –all you have to prove is that the vehicle was defective and unreasonably dangerous (you don’t even have to prove negligence). Auto manufacturers know this, and they sometimes incorporate safety features into their vehicles that are not specifically required by regulations.
California wrongful death law treats certain relatives of the deceased as victims and they are entitled to receive compensation. Wrongful death compensation is typically comparable to the amount that the decedent would have received if he had been permanently disabled. Since the wrongful death practice area is legally distinct from the personal injury practice area, however, you will need a law firm with wrongful death practice experience such as the Dominguez Firm.
When to Call an SUV Accident Attorney
Most vehicle accident claims are settled out of court with an insurance company. If the insurance company is stubborn, of course, you may have to go all the way and file a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. However, this becomes less likely once the insurance company finds out that you have retained a top SUV rollover accident lawyer to represent you.
Our courtroom experience of winning these types of cases are so impressive that the vast majority of insurance adjusters would rather settle with us than lose in court. As a consequence, the great majority of our clients end up with settlement checks without ever having seen the inside of a courtroom. We can put that expertise to work for you.
Enforce Your Legal Rights: Call an SUV Accident Attorney Today
Here at The Dominguez Firm, our highly decorated SUV rollover accident lawyers work on a “no recovery, no fee” basis. At our law firm, you don’t pay unless you win. It is the quality of your claim, not the size of your bank account, that most interests us. Our attorneys can assist you at your home or even in the hospital at a moment’s notice. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in an SUV rollover accident in the Los Angeles area, call us 24/7 at 866-506-7343 for a free case consultation.