Vehicle Rollover Accident Lawyer Serving Texas Victims
Some vehicle accidents are powerful enough to send cars rolling over on to their sides or completely upside down. These “rollover” accidents often result in fatal or life-threatening injuries, as well as expensive damages to the vehicles involved. It’s crucial for Texas drivers to know how to avoid rollover accidents and to know what to do when one occurs.
When you’re ready to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, contact the Texas car accident lawyers at The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. Our team will offer legal guidance beginning with a free, no obligation consultation.
How Rollovers Happen
One of the most common causes of rollover accidents is tripping, or when a vehicle’s tire loses traction with the road surface or some obstacle prevents the vehicle from operating normally. Some rollovers occur when a vehicle veers off the road and a tire embeds itself in soft soil. This causes one tire to stop while the others stay in motion, throwing off the car’s balance while its momentum causes a rollover. Other common causes of vehicle rollover accidents include driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, driving in unfamiliar territory, and driver error.
Although rollover accidents are rare – only 2 percent of all annual traffic collisions- rollover accidents account for about 35 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. Roughly 70 percent of the fatalities in rollover accidents were not wearing seat belts and almost half of all vehicle rollover accidents involve alcohol. Finally, a majority of rollover accidents in Texas happen on country roads where posted speed limits are generally 55mph or faster.
Rollovers involving multiple-vehicle crashes resulting from negligence will typically lead to legal action from the victims.
Filing a Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
A survivor of a vehicle rollover will likely experience significant injuries, which can include broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, lacerations, and crushing injuries. Adding to the potential danger, flipped vehicles are more likely to leak fluids like gasoline at the accident scene.
The plaintiff in a vehicle rollover lawsuit will need to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent, and his or her negligence directly caused the accident in question and therefore caused the plaintiff’s damages. Proving negligence entails four elements:
- The plaintiff must show the court that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff at the time of the accident. All drivers have a legal responsibility to follow the traffic laws and obey posted traffic signals.
- Next, the plaintiff must show how the defendant failed to meet this duty of care. This could be through some specific action or inaction where a specific action would have been appropriate.
- The plaintiff must show the extent of the injuries and other damages resulting from the defendant’s negligence.
- Finally, the plaintiff must show the court that the damages in question resulted from the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause.
Rollovers are typically very damaging accidents with a high potential for serious injuries and property damage. Victims of rollover accidents resulting from negligence can recover various types of compensation through personal injury lawsuits, including medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Find the Right Attorney
The right car accident attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of a vehicle rollover accident lawsuit. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. have extensive experience handling all types of civil claims in Texas and are here to help victims of vehicle rollover crashes. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. One of our attorneys will meet with you wherever is most convenient to review the details of your accident, field your questions about insurance, and let you know what to expect from filing a lawsuit.