When an auto collision involves one or more vehicles rolling over or flipping entirely it is known as a rollover accident. Rollover accidents are extremely common for any type of large rig including 18-wheelers. Oftentimes, victims of rollover accidents sustain catastrophic and even in some cases fatal injuries as a vehicle may roll multiple times. Survivors of serious rollover accidents are lucky to be alive. However, they are now burdened with expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other serious damages. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rollover accident due to the negligence of another person, contact one of our experienced and skilled St. Petersburg Truck Accident Attorneys who can help you seek the justice you deserve.
What is a rollover accident?
Essentially, a rollover accident is a collision that involves at least one vehicle that has flipped on its roof or its side. Unfortunately, rollover accidents have the highest rate of fatality when it comes to auto collisions. This is because depending on the force of impact a vehicle may roll multiple times which can cause devastating and life-threatening injuries.
Who could be held liable?
Most commonly, truck drivers are responsible for the cause of rollover accidents. Typically, rollover accidents are the result of negligence. Truck drivers may be inexperienced when it comes to operating a large rig which could cause them to make critical driver errors such as making a sharp turn at a high speed without decelerating which can lead to a rollover accident. Additionally, truck drivers may cause a rollover accident if they act negligently. Essentially, this means if a truck driver was distracted driving, recklessly driving, or simply not abiding by the rules of the road such as adhering to the posted speed limit, they will be held responsible. If a truck driver or their employer does not properly maintain the vehicle, meaning they do not make necessary inspections or remedy any issues that need to be fixed, they could be held accountable for a rollover accident. However, truck drivers are not the only party who may be responsible for this type of auto collision. In some cases, another motorist on the road may cause a rollover accident to occur because of their negligent actions such as driving at an unsafe speed when there are inclement weather conditions. Additionally, the manufacturer or designer of the flipped truck may be liable. If it is determined that the cause of a rollover accident was a result of a manufacturing or design defect, the manufacturer could be held responsible. However, it would turn into a product liability case.
Rollover accidents are extremely serious and often result in significant injuries. If you have been injured in a rollover accident due to someone else’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our determined attorneys. Victims of rollover accidents must file a claim within the right time frame to seek appropriate financial compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. Allow our firm to help you today.