Of all types of accidents, vehicle rollovers are among the most frightening and often result in personal injuries and in some cases fatalities. The latest data regarding Texas rollover accidents states that 31.8% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2015 were due to vehicle rollovers for a total of 739 people who lost their lives, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While rollover accidents account for just over two percent of all vehicle crashes in the U.S., they are responsible for nearly 35% of all fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured a rollover car accident in Austin, contact the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC for a free case evaluation. Our highly experienced Austin vehicle rollover lawyers have successfully represented injured accident victims for over 30 years. Our Austin rollover accident attorneys offer a hand during this difficult time and we can help you recover what was lost from your Austin rollover accident.
The cause of a vehicle rollover is critical as it plays a significant role in determining accident liability. Being aware of these common causes, reported by NHTSA, can possibly aid in preventing violent accidents if the future.
Any type of vehicle can rollover, but SUVs, pickups, and vans that have higher centers of gravity, leading them to be more susceptible to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash. Vehicles with high centers of gravity are more inclined to flip opposed to a sedan or vehicle with a lower center of gravity.
Around 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding. Nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers occurred where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
Nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol.
Fatal rollovers are more likely to take place on rural roads since they tend to be undivided and lacking barriers.
Over 90% of the vehicles at the time of a single-vehicle, fatal rollover collision was involved in routine driving maneuvers, such as going straight or negotiating a curve. The driver’s behavior, such as distraction, inattentiveness, speeding, and impaired driving plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
Nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes, further implicating that driver behavior plays a significant role in vehicle rollovers.
Another common cause, not listed by NHTSA, is defective auto parts. If a manufacturer defect caused a rollover accident or worsened the injuries sustained, then the company might be partially responsible and could be financially liable for damages.
After the shock and impact of a vehicle rollover accident, victims involved in rollover accidents may have questions about how and who will pay for their damages sustained from the accident. Some of the economic and non-economic damages that help offset the damages suffered for accident victims include:
Unlike economic damages, that are more tangible and easier to calculate than non-economic damages, non-economic damages are more subjective in nature. Non-economic damages are more difficult to put a price tag on and in some cases, a jury will put a dollar amount on the non-economic damages suffered by a victim.
If you or a loved one have suffered injury or financial hardship resulting from a vehicle rollover accident in Austin, our law firm is here to help recover what was lost from the accident and provide the legal resources to help offset what was lost.
Vehicle rollover accidents can be very complicated and in order to litigate a successful lawsuit, a thorough investigation needs to be completed immediately so that liability may be established. The accident may need to be recreated and the vehicle will need to be secured for inspection and evaluation by experts, a qualified personal injury attorney will have the resources available to do so. Whether it is found that another driver is at fault or a defective part, hiring attorneys that are well versed in personal injury law and experienced in vehicle rollovers as well as product liability suits, will ensure that a substantial case is built on your behalf in order to maximize your recovery.
Our Austin vehicle rollover lawyers understand that this type of collision can cause serious personal injuries, sometimes resulting in wrongful deaths, and can leave you or a loved one in physical and financial distress. Our highly qualified attorneys will evaluate your case at no cost to you, to determine the best course of action, thus alleviating you of any legal burdens so that you may focus on your recovery. Contact our Austin rollover accident attorneys today to schedule your free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are available at (512) 441-1111 and we can be contacted via our free online contact form. We know how difficult these cases can be, and were here to help our clients obtain the compensation deserved.