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- How is a rollover accident different than other types of accidents?
- Who bears the fault in a rollover accident in Atlanta?
- What kinds of rollover accident injuries can I recover money for?
- How much money will I be able to get?
- Why do I need a lawyer if the insurance company already offered me money?
- Talk to an Atlanta Rollover Accident Lawyer for Free
How is a rollover accident different than other types of accidents?
A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle tips or flips onto its side or roof. Rollovers are often single-car crashes. While any vehicle can have a rollover accident, rollovers are far more common in SUVs, pickups, and vans because the weight of these vehicles is high off the ground. A high center of gravity makes a vehicle is less stable. When cargo is attached to the roof, stability decreases even more.
Rollover accidents are often serious. Rollovers are the number one cause of death in SUV accidents—and the second leading cause of death in auto accidents overall. Of the more than 280,000 rollover accidents that occur each year, about 10,000 cause a loss of life. Rollovers cause such serious injuries because the impact can crush the roof of a car, killing its occupants or leaving them with traumatic brain injuries.
Who bears the fault in a rollover accident in Atlanta?
Because rollovers often involve only one car, it’s tempting to think that the driver of that car was at fault. But that’s often not the case, and many other factors such as roadway conditions, other drivers’ behavior, or defective tires, may also be at play. Most of the time, accidents happen because someone was careless, or negligent—and this can include the tire manufacturer, the entity responsible for maintaining road conditions, or another driver. The negligent party is at fault and their insurance company must pay for the injuries and damage caused by the accident.
The most common reasons for rollover accidents include:
- Taking turns or curves too fast. High end sports cars have a low center of gravity and can take tight curves with ease, but the same isn’t true of an SUV. When a vehicle with a high center of gravity turns too quickly and sharply, a deadly rollover can result.
- “Tripping.” This is the most common cause of rollover accidents. A vehicle can “trip” and roll over if it hits a stationary object like a curb or guard rail, or if the driver jerks the steering wheel suddenly and creates friction between the tires and the road. Tripping can also occur when a vehicle hits an object on the roadway at highway speeds.
- Multi-vehicle crashes.When an SUV or other vehicle is struck from the side, a rollover can occur.
- Responding to other threats.If a car pulls out of nowhere, a driver swerves toward you, or there is an animal or debris in the road, you may move the wheel quickly to try to avoid them—and potentially trigger a rollover.
What kinds of rollover accident injuries can I recover money for?
Rollover accidents often cause serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries from rollover accidents include:
- Head injuries. These include traumatic brain injuries, which are among the most severe injuries that can result from a car accident
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Broken bones
- Muscle injuries
- Loss or amputation of limbs
- Loss of life
One of the most traumatic injuries rollover accident survivors can experience is the loss or amputation of limbs. What sets this type of injury apart is that it’s permanent. There is no way to recover only to adapt. An Atlanta loss of limbs accident attorney from our team can guide you through the specific steps of filing a compensation claim.
If you are in a rollover accident and you don’t need emergency medical attention right away, it is still important to follow up with a doctor in the days after your accident. Some injuries, like concussions and muscular injuries, may not show any outward signs, but may nonetheless grow into serious conditions if you don’t get treatment. While whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end collisions, it can happen in any type of accident, including rollovers. However, it might be more difficult to seek compensation. Contact a whiplash attorney to help collect the evidence you need to support your claim.
How much money will I be able to get?
Every accident is different, and there’s no single formula that will show the dollar amount you’ll be entitled to. Your financial recovery will depend on the type of injuries you suffered and the way your accident happened. In general, though, it is likely you will be eligible for damages to cover:
- Your medical bills
- Your prescription drug costs
- The cost of your physical therapy, or any rehabilitative therapy
- Your lost pay, if you missed time from work because of the accident
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
But some rollover accident victims recover much more than this. If you suffered serious losses like a disability, severe pain, or the death of a loved one, you may be eligible for additional financial awards. We know that this money can’t begin to compensate you for what you lost in the accident, but we hope that it will ease your financial worries and make it easier to focus on treatment and recovery and rebuilding your future.
Why do I need a lawyer if the insurance company already offered me money?
An insurance company representative may already have swooped in with an offer of money. But it is important to view this offer cautiously. Despite what you might think, insurance companies are not really looking out for your best interests—they are much more interested in making a profit for themselves. This means that your insurance company offer is probably much less than you need or are legally entitled to. And if you take the money, you’ll probably give up your right to recover any more money.
A car accident lawyer in Atlanta Georgia can help you find out what your claim is really worth, so you don’t end up in medical debt because you took an offer that was far too low. At our firm, we begin every case with an investigation into the cause of your accident, and we connect you with doctors who can evaluate you and estimate what your injuries will cost over the long haul. We build a case for you, and we take it to the insurance company and bargain hard to get you an amount that’s fair. When you have a lawyer on your side, it’s not uncommon to recover thousands of dollars more than that first insurance company offer.
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