Athens Rollover Accident Lawyer
If your car accident was caused by another driver, poor road maintenance, or a vehicle manufacturer, you could be entitled to compensation.
Making the most of your accident claim for compensation requires that you complete a complex and sometimes confusing claims process. It all begins with filing a claim with an insurance company that’s working against you.
As we’ll discuss, the best way to get every penny of what you need is to work with an experienced attorney.
Your local Athens car accident lawyer is standing by to provide a risk-free assessment of your case. Read on to learn more.
Rollovers Don’t Just Happen to Trucks and SUVs
Vehicle rollovers can be especially dangerous given the high level of severe injury that can result. While you might think that rollovers happen more often to top-heavy vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and vans, this is not necessarily the case.
When a vehicle is traveling at a certain speed and makes a turn at a certain angle, physics takes over and can cause the vehicle to roll.
Rollover accidents often involve long-term injuries with substantial costs, as we’ll discuss below.
5 SUVs with the Highest Rollover Rates
While any car can experience a rollover accident given certain conditions, some vehicles on the road experience a disproportionate level of rollover accidents.
The following is a list of the vehicles with the highest rollover rates. If you’ve been in a rollover accident in one of these vehicles, reach out to us to discuss your options.
1. 2017 Nissan Nv3500
The boxy design of the Nissan Nv3500 is very appealing to some drivers, but it’s also one of the main reasons that the vehicle is so likely to roll over. The vehicle’s high risk of rollover is due to its high center of gravity. At 85 inches high, this van-like SUV is larger and taller than almost all SUVs on the market.
2. 2011 Honda Element
The Honda Element from 2011 has a three out of five star rollover rating. While its safety record and features are otherwise known for their high standards, the high risk of rollover makes the vehicle potentially dangerous for occupants.
3. 2012 Dodge Nitro
Since its introduction in 2007, the Dodge Nitro has gained a reputation for being a significant rollover risk. The vehicles have since been equipped with rollover mitigation systems, but this specific model remains notorious for experiencing rollovers in accidents that may lead to serious injuries.
4. 2013 Hyundai Accent
Within just four years, there were 20 deaths due to rollovers in the Hyundai Accent, highlighting the significant risks associated with being in a motor vehicle collision while driving this car.
5. 2016 GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon has a 22.9% likelihood of rolling over in an accident; a significant risk that has led to some suggesting that this vehicle should not be driven by first-time drivers.
If you suspect that your vehicle is about to tip over, it’s advised that you remove your feet from the pedals to help prevent broken bones in your legs due to compression during the rollover.
Common Injuries in Rollover Accidents
Following are some of the most common injuries in rollover accidents, their symptoms, and what compensation they could entitle you to.
When a vehicle rolls over, the momentum can cause your seatbelt to injure your chest area. Additionally, any impact with the steering wheel can also lead to the potential of a serious chest injury.
Whatever the injury, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you might be entitled to compensation for your damages. These include any short-term medical bills like the emergency room and long-term medical needs like medications, treatments, and rehabilitation.
Additionally, you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages and work benefits like vacation or sick time, as well as any change in your ability to work and support yourself and your family.
Broken bones may not seem like a big deal, but you could be left with thousands of dollars of medical bills to pay, and there’s always a chance of infection due to outside germs entering the wound. A severe infection could introduce the risk of sepsis.
Getting a check-up at the emergency room immediately after your rollover accident and seeking follow-up care to measure the extent of your injuries will help you collect what you’re entitled to.
The replacement of any value you can earn at work includes compensation for any change in your earnings from the time of the accident through the remainder of your working life. Collecting these damages is only possible if you first prove that another party was liable for the rollover accident, whether another driver, the vehicle manufacturer, or another party.
Head and Brain Injuries
Anytime that you experience a bump, blow, or wound to your head, it’s possible to experience a brain injury, often referred to as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Initially, you might think that the bump on your head is just that – a superficial bruise that will eventually heal. However, damage to the soft tissue can lead to permanent chemical changes. This damage can impact the way you live your personal life and can keep you out of work.
If you’ve hit your head in a rollover accident, it’s essential that you seek out follow-up medical care and assessments after receiving emergency care following the accident.
Identifying internal injuries like TBIs requires careful review and treatment. Your Athens rollover accident lawyer will help you schedule your appointments for these assessments.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) notes that spinal cord injuries can have a negative impact on your ability to process sensory information, control movement, and generate rhythmic patterns required for functions like walking or breathing.
Spinal cord injuries are common in rollover accidents due to the high likelihood of severe and sudden impact to your head and neck.
Liability in Rollover Accidents
To prove that your accident was caused by someone else, you’ll have to prove they were negligent. Negligence is a legal term that is applied to the unique circumstances of your accident. Negligence consists of four parts: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
To prove liability you must prove negligence on behalf of another party, which includes:
- Duty – It must be proven that the other party had some duty or responsibility to you, like to drive sober or not break the rules of the road while driving.
- Breach of duty – The duty or responsibility that you were owed by the other party must have been broken, like when a driver makes the decision to drive drunk or runs a traffic sign.
- Causation – The breach of duty on behalf of the party involved in the accident must have been the cause of the accident that led to your injuries.
- Damages – The injuries that resulted from the accident must have led to damages for you that are measurable and provable by evidence.
You can only collect compensation for damages that you can prove with evidence.
Measuring these damages requires expert opinions from medical and occupational experts to identify the long-term implications of your injuries. Your local Athens rollover car accident lawyer will help you collect the evidence you need to make the most of your case or claim.
Injured in a rollover accident? We can help.
To schedule your risk-free, cost-free initial case assessment on your rollover accident with Athens Car Accident Lawyers, schedule a consultation or call us at (706) 995-7547.