Rollover accidents are uncommon, but they account for a high number of crash-related injuries and fatalities. Rollover crashes are usually caused by defects in the road or the vehicle involved in the accident. In many instances, people hurt in rollover crashes can seek damages from the parties responsible for the conditions that led to the crash and their harm. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a rollover accident, you should seek legal counsel regarding your potential claims as soon as possible. The experienced Roswell car accident lawyers at Don Turner Legal Team are adept at helping people who suffered losses due to the careless acts of others seek compensation.Factors That Contribute to Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are accidents that occur when vehicles suddenly tip over. Cars involved in rollover crashes may flip over once or several times and may land on their roof or side. Any vehicle could potentially flip, but SUVs are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents than other automobiles. The leading cause of rollover crashes is tripping, which is when a tire hits a pothole, uneven pavement, a stone, or another defect in the road, which alters the vehicle's forward motion, ultimately causing it to roll. Rollover crashes can also result from defective vehicles or parts and roads that are inherently unsafe, due to design flaws or insufficient maintenance. Rollover crashes can cause serious harm, including fractures, traumatic brain injuries, hemorrhages, organ damage, and spinal injuries. In many cases, people involved in rollover crashes develop psychological harm as well.Pursuing Claims After Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are often caused by a variety of factors. People hurt in such crashes, therefore, can often pursue claims against multiple parties. For instance, if a driver's careless acts caused the accident, a plaintiff may be able to pursue damages from the driver via a negligence claim. Typically, though, rollover accidents result from other factors.
If a crash was caused by a defective vehicle, a plaintiff and their attorney could pursue product liability claims. In Georgia, the manufacturer of a product can be held strictly liable for any harm that the product causes. In other words, it may be held accountable for injuries caused by a defect that rendered the product unsafe for its intended purpose, regardless of whether it was aware of the defect. A plaintiff may also be able to pursue negligence claims against the manufacturer and seller of the vehicle. Proving negligence in a product liability case requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to sell a safe product, but the product in question suffered from a defect that made it unsafe, and the defendant was or reasonably should have been aware of the defect. The plaintiff must also show that the defect caused the harm suffered.
If a dangerous road caused a rollover accident, a plaintiff might be able to seek damages from the party responsible for designing or maintaining it, which in many instances will be a state or local government. Government entities typically have statutory immunity, but they can be held liable in certain situations. For example, if a dangerous condition arose out of the negligent performance of a government employee's job duty, and the entity was aware of the condition, it may be found liable for the harm suffered in an accident caused by the condition.Contact a Capable Roswell Attorney
Rollover accidents do not happen frequently, but when they do, they often cause devastating injuries. If you were injured in a rollover accident, you could be owed compensation, and it is prudent to confer with a lawyer. At Don Turner Legal Team, we are skilled at handling complex cases. We regularly assist people in car accident lawsuits in Roswell, Atlanta, McDonough, and other areas of Georgia, including communities in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Clarke, Cherokee, Douglas, Forsyth, Greene, Hall, Henry, Richmond, and Rockdale Counties. You can contact us through our online form or by calling us at (770) 594-1777 to schedule a meeting.