A car accident is classified as a rollover accident if the vehicle tips or flips onto its side or roof at any time during the crash. Rollovers are not as common as other types of accidents, but they are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries and death.
Have you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a rollover accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. An Illinois car accident lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. could help you understand your rights and options for compensation.
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Common Rollover Injuries
Many rollovers happen when a vehicle leaves the roadway, increasing the risk of occupants being ejected. Rollover accident injuries are devastating and often fatal. Rollover accidents account for 28% of traffic deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Rollover accident survivors may have lifelong disabilities or medical conditions. Some of the most common types of rollover accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of limb
- Bone breaks
- Bone fractures
- Organ failure
These are only a few of the injuries you could suffer. If you have been injured in another way, you may still have grounds for a case. A car accident lawyer can help you explore your legal options.
How a Rollover Accident Lawyer Could Help You
Many rollover accident survivors don’t know that they have grounds for a claim. There are two ways to tell you may be entitled to financial compensation:
- Someone else is the cause of your rollover accident
- Your injuries have seriously affected your life
Your car accident lawyer will be able to help you through every step of the claims process. Some of our services include:
- Examining the accident
- Getting evidence to support your case
- Handling the insurance company
- Hiring experts to testify at your trial
- Representing you in court
Getting Compensation for Your Damages
Another essential job your lawyer will have is calculating the value of your claim. When someone else is at fault, you have the right to be fully compensated. This means you can be repaid for both financial and non-financial losses.
Financial losses are also commonly called economic damages. They consist of all your monetary losses, some of which include:
- Medical expenses
- Medical equipment
- Lost income
- Lost future earnings
- Costs of household maintenance
- Childcare expenses
- Property damage
Non-financial losses are commonly called non-economic damages. They include the ways your life has been affected that have no monetary value. Your lawyer will need to quantify them based on how impactful they were or will be.
Some commonly sought after non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Mental trauma
- Diminished quality of life
- Damage to your reputation
- Lost society and support
In rare cases, you could be awarded punitive damages. When the courts find the defendant’s actions to be egregious, they can punish them. Awarding punitive damages also sends a message. The Illinois civil court system won’t tolerate these actions.
Fault For Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents can involve a single vehicle or multiple vehicles. Often, a vehicle rolls over after impact. However, a rollover can happen when a driver swerves violently to avoid another car, an object, or even wildlife. Defective designs and road hazards can also cause rollovers.
If another driver is at fault for your rollover injuries, it’s usually from driving in an unsafe way, such as:
- Following too closely
- Failure to stop
- Failure to use a turn signal
- Illegal turns
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving
Dangerous or Defective Parts
All vehicles have the potential to roll over, but some are more likely than others. SUVs tend to be tall and narrow, making them susceptible to rolling over. There are other times when a vehicle has dangerous or defective parts, such as faulty brakes, tires, transmission, or safety features.
If a defective or dangerous part caused your rollover accident injuries, you could seek compensation from all liable parties, including
- Parts producers
- Safety inspectors
- Vehicle technicians
Dangerous road conditions sometimes cause rollovers. In these rollover accidents, it is possible that the Illinois Department of Transportation or other government agencies could be at fault. Cities and states have an obligation to maintain the safety of public roads.
Examples of failing to keep the roads safe include:
- Unsecured road construction
- Missing street signs
- Missing traffic lights
- Missing streetlights
- Broken traffic lights
- Broken pavement
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