When a vehicle rolls or flips over, the manufacturer may be partially to blame under product liability law.
Car and truck accidents cause the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Even when you take precautions on the road, you can still be involved in some form of car accident which wasn’t even your fault.
One particular type of auto accident we’d like to focus on is what’s called a rollover accident. A rollover accident is simple an accident in which your vehicle overturns (tips over onto its side or roof). Unfortunately, these accidents seem to be happening with increasing frequency over the last decade.
Rollover accidents usually happen when a car has a high center of gravity, making it easy for the wheels to lose traction or chassis to be destabilized. Most SUVs and 12-15 passenger vans are built with a high center of gravity, making these kinds of vehicles prone to rollover. Having said that, it’s important to note that any car can suffer a rollover crash.
Rollovers can happen in various ways. Here’s a very short list:
- Lateral-force rollovers: These usually happen when the car is going too fast on a road curve. This makes the car unable to maneuver the curve in a timely manner, causing it to roll over.
- Side-slope rollovers: This usually happens when a vehicle is driving in off-road conditions or on an uneven road surface. It can also happen when a car leaves the road unintentionally.
- Ramp rollovers: This happens when the vehicle rolls to one side due to a raised surface or object such as a ramp.
- Sideways skid rollover: This happens when the car’s rear end spins due to loss of wheel traction. This may cause the tires to hit the curb or other object, causing a rollover.
Rollover accidents are generally categorized as either “tripped” or “untripped,” depending on if the accident was caused by forces from an external object or not. Rollovers, as well as the injuries resulting from a rollover, are often attributed to manufacturing defects. Over the years, car manufacturers have worked closely with the authorities to create cars with an acceptable center of gravity, as well as a reasonable width between tires. Due to the speed with which new car models enter the market, some manufacturers elect to ignore these safety regulations. In such a case, you’re entitled to sue a car manufacturer for negligence, unsafe vehicle design, and other things such as a roof crush.
The injuries sustained in a rollover can be life-altering. At the same time, many individuals who are involved in car rollovers are ejected from their vehicles. This may result in head trauma, broken bones, spinal injuries, a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, or even wrongful death. These may necessitate long-term hospitalization, treatment and rehabilitation.
If you’ve been involved in a Dallas rollover car crash, you may be entitled to compensation — as long as your attorney presents a compelling case. The vehicle manufacturer’s failure to warn you about these product defects may allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, disability benefits, and lost income through a product liability claim.
Rasansky Law firm has dealt with car accidents in Dallas, Texas for over 20 years. We’re very experienced in these kinds of claims. Please get in touch with us at 1-877-405-4313 and we’ll get you started on your case today. You can also reach us via the online chat feature or through email if you’re short on time. We look forward to helping you get the justice you deserve.
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