Rollover accidents are exceedingly dangerous and scary. If you were in a vehicle that tipped or rolled over, you may now be facing catastrophic injuries. You may expect weeks or months of recovery, or worse, you may have to come to terms with a disfigurement or disability. The risk of significant injuries after a rollover accident is particularly high if you were in an older vehicle that was not equipped with the latest safety technology or if you were not wearing your seat belt.
Whether you were in the vehicle that rolled over or were struck by a rolling or tipping vehicle, you have the right to determine who caused the accident and pursue compensation. Our experienced Wisconsin auto accident attorneys of Studinski Law, LLC can help you. We are here to investigate why the rollover accident occurred, determine who is liable, and seek a financial recovery on your behalf. Call us today at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with a dedicated car crash lawyer.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents typically occur due to a variety of factors that work together to create a dangerous storm. Vehicles of all types can roll or tip over due to the interaction between:
The faster a vehicle is moving, the greater the likelihood of a rollover.
- The driver’s maneuvers
Rollovers often occur when a driver over-corrects.
- The shape and weight of the vehicle
Larger and top-heavy vehicles are more likely to roll over.
- The type, tread, and pressure of the tires
When a vehicle’s tires are old, the tread is worn, or they are under or over filled with air, there may be less traction between the wheels and the road, increasing the risk of a rollover.
- The road surface
When the road is wet, icy, or slick due to a substance, there is a greater chance of a vehicle flipping.
- Dangerous Vehicle Design and Manufacture
Some vehicles are poorly designed and manufactured, making them more likely to be involved in a rollover accident.
Rollover Accident Injuries
If you were in a rollover accident, you may be experiencing:
- Back, neck, and head injuries, including whiplash or skull fractures
- A traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Chest and abdomen injuries, including broken ribs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Fractured bones, commonly to the arms and legs
- Soft tissue injuries
While rollover accidents can miraculously lead to only minor and moderate injuries, they also commonly lead to significant harm that can affect lives in countless ways. After your vehicle rolls or tips over, you may now have a long-term or permanent disability. A spinal cord injury could lead to paralysis. A TBI could cause memory problems, sensory issues, and cognitive dysfunction. Complex fractures and soft tissue injuries could require multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and yet still reduce your physical capabilities.
Rollover Accidents and Fatalities
Rollover accidents are relatively rare. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollovers were about 2.1 percent of the 9.1 million crashes that occurred in 2010. Despite this rarity, they are overwhelmingly lethal. Rollovers have a high fatality rate accounting for almost 35 percent of all passenger vehicle accident deaths. In 2010, more than 7,600 people lost their lives in rollover accidents across the nation.
Recovering Compensation for Rollover Accident Injuries
If you were injured in a rollover accident caused by another person, you may have the right to purse compensation. To recover monetary damages through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit, you must provide evidence of another person or business’s negligence. After establishing the party’s negligence, you must connect this careless or reckless behavior to the cause of the crash and your injuries.
Through the personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Lost Wages
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress and mental anguish
- Disability and /or Disfigurement
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage, when applicable
Wrongful Death Claims Following Rollover Accidents
If you lost a loved one in a rollover accident caused by another driver, contact us today. When carelessness, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing leads to your relative’s death, you may have the right to seek compensation. Under Wisconsin’s wrongful death law, you can file a wrongful death claim if you are a surviving spouse, partner, child, parent, or guardian of the deceased individual.
Through a wrongful death insurance claim or suit, you can ask for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of society and companionship
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case
Proving negligence can be difficult, which is why it is essential to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer after a car accident. We have the resources you need to gather evidence of the other party’s wrongdoing, including:
- The police report
- Eye witness testimony
- Medical records
- Medical expert’s testimony
- Other expert’s testimony like an accident reconstructionist
- Pictures of the aftermath of the crash
- Video footage of the accident
Call our Wisconsin Rollover Accident Lawyers for Help Today
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a rollover accident, contact us at Studinski Law, LLC as soon as possible. We have worked with insurance companies and litigated personal injury and wrongful death claims following car accidents for years. We have the firsthand experience, skills, and resources you need to fight for your right to compensation.
Contact us online or call (715) 343-2850 to schedule an initial consultation.