Were you injured in a rollover accident in Albuquerque? Accidents in which one or more vehicles roll over are some of the most devastating types of wrecks that can happen. When a car or truck overturns, the occupants are at serious risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries.
In some instances, driver error might be to blame for a rollover crash. In others, a defective part or design defect might be the reason the vehicle overturned. If you were hurt in a rollvoer crash, the at-fault party could and should be help accountable, whether it is the motorist or manufacture.
The Albuquerque car accident lawyers at Parnall Law have extensive experience successfully handling rollover accident cases. We know how challenging it can be for victims to rebuild their lives and obtain the financial compensation they deserve. We are ready to fight for you. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation.
Dangers of Rollover Accidents
Statistics show that rollover crashes are responsible for 33 percent of all fatal car accidents. The majority of rollover crashes occur on the highway since it requires a significant amount of speed and force for a 4,000-pound vehicle to roll 90 degrees or more.
In 80 percent of rollover fatalities, occupants aren’t wearing their seatbelts. The risk of being ejected from the vehicle is significantly higher when it overturns. Many catastrophic or fatal injuries occur when the driver is partially or wholly ejected from the vehicle.
If someone is not ejected from the vehicle in a rollover crash, the risk of injury increases if the roof is crushed in. While roof contact is typically non-fatal for occupants who are belted in, they could still suffer severe injuries if the roof intrusion is significant.
Why Rollovers Happen
The rollover rate is higher for vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and light trucks. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that SUVs have the highest probability of rolling over in a crash at 23 percent. This is 2.3 times higher than the probability for the average car. The rollover probability for pickups is also relatively high, at 17 percent.
According to the NHTSA, five primary factors that lead to rollover accidents, which include:
- The type of vehicle
- Speeding and driving aggressively
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Rural roads that might not have clear divisions or barriers
There are also different types of rollover accidents. These include:
- Trip-over – When the vehicle’s tires “trip,” causing the vehicle to overturn. This often happens when a vehicle strikes a curb or guardrail or leaves the roadway onto a softer surface.
- Bounce-over – When the vehicle strikes and bounces off a hazard or object and turns over.
- Flip-over – When a ramp-like object forces the vehicle to overturn on its longitudinal axis.
- Turn-over – When the force of a sharp turn or rotation of the vehicle causes it to overturn.
- Climb-over – When a vehicle strikes and climbs over an object like a guardrail or barrier and rolls over.
- Fall-over – When a vehicle is heading on a downward slope and the center of gravity causes the vehicle to roll.
- Collisions with other vehicles – When vehicles collide, the force of the impact could cause them to overturn.
- End-over-end – When a car rolls along the length of the car (lateral axis) after colliding with an object.
Common Types of Injuries in Rollover Accidents
Because vehicle occupants could be crushed or ejected in rollover accidents, the injuries suffered are often severe. Some of the most common types of injuries vehicle occupants suffer in rollover car accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Injuries to the head and face
- Neck injuries
- Back, spine, and spinal cord injuries (including partial or total paralysis)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
How a Lawyer Can Help After a Rollover Accident
A rollover crash can have a significant and lasting impact on your life and livelihood. Severe or catastrophic injuries could require extensive treatment and a long rehabilitation. In severe instances, victims may never fully recover.
If you are dealing with severe injuries and are struggling under the weight of mounting medical bills, lost wages, and other losses, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party. With the help of an experienced car accident lawyer, it might be possible to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical costs
- Loss of earnings due to time missed from work
- Loss of future earnings (if disabled)
- Damage to your vehicle (repairs or replacement, depending on the severity)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish or post-traumatic stress
Because a negligent driver, vehicle manufacturer, government entity, or other parties could potentially be responsible for a rollover crash, it is crucial to consult with an attorney who has specific experience handling these types of cases. You’ll want to feel confident that your lawyer will know how to investigate the crash and obtain the proper evidence to build a convincing claim on your behalf.
Taking on the insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and other powerful entities requires a legal team with the resources and knowledge to fight and win. Don’t trust your case to just any firm. Trust a firm with the right skills and experience to demand results. Turn to Parnall Law for help.
Why Choose Parnall Law
For more than two decades, the car accident lawyers of Parnall Law have fought for those who’ve been hurt in crashes in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. We are committed to providing top-notch representation for our clients and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Call us, text us, or reach out to us online for a free and confidential consultation with one of our Albuquerque rollover accident attorneys today. If you’ve been hurt, call Bert.