Truck Rollover Accident Attorney
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 30,000 people are killed annually in rollover accidents. Nearly three-fourths of all occupants killed in rollover accidents were not using seatbelts. The majority of fatal rollover truck accidents are single-vehicle crashes. Many truck rollover accidents are entirely preventable. In about 40% of multi-vehicle rollover accidents, the driver did not try to avoid a collision. If you have been injured in a truck rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.Trucks Are More Likely to Roll Over Than Other Vehicles
The majority of rollover car accidents involve a single vehicle, not multiple vehicles. In most single-vehicle rollover crashes, the vehicle slipped or started sliding sideways due to something on the roadway, shoulder conditions, or road conditions. The vehicle then runs into a stationary object, such as a guardrail or curb, which causes the vehicle to flip over. In a single-vehicle truck rollover accident, it is important to investigate the road conditions.
Roads are typically maintained by the city, state, or county. You may assume that since only one vehicle was involved in your rollover accident, you will not be able to recover damages. Perhaps you were the driver of the involved vehicle or the passenger. However, you may be able to bring a lawsuit based on a defective roadway. Some roads are the responsibility of private property owners. If your rollover truck accident was caused by a flawed design, bad road conditions, or even bad maintenance, an attorney may be able to help you bring a lawsuit against the person or entity in charge of the roadway.
Other rollover truck accidents are caused by one driver avoiding a collision with another driver. Suppose one driver is texting while driving and swerves into the opposite lane of oncoming traffic. A truck driver sees the passenger vehicle driver swerving into his lane and maneuvers his car off the road to avoid a head-on collision. The truck driver hits a guardrail, and the truck flips over. In this scenario, the truck driver may be able to pursue compensation from the other driver. The other driver's negligence caused them to swerve to avoid an accident and resulted in their injuries from the rollover collision.Obtaining Compensation for Your Injuries
If you were injured in a truck rollover accident that was not your fault, you should not have to pay for your medical bills, vehicle damages, and other costs. You can seek compensation from those responsible, whether it was another driver, a manufacturer, a municipality, or a combination of parties. There are several different types of compensation you may be entitled to in a truck rollover accident.
The first type of damages are called economic damages. Economic damages are easily quantifiable, and they cover your direct out-of-pocket costs. Economic damages include your medical bills, property damage, and lost income. It is important that you work with an experienced attorney who can help you accurately value your future economic damages. You will need to consider all of your future medical procedures, long-term medications, follow-up procedures, hospital stays, and physical therapy.
If you need medical assistance on a day-to-day basis, you will need to ensure you consider those costs. If your loved one died in the rollover truck accident, you could seek many of these damages on behalf of your loved one’s estate. You can also seek compensation for funeral and burial costs for your loved one.
Non-economic damages are harder to quantify. Pain and suffering caused by your injuries are a part of your non-economic damages. If your accident resulted in life-long injuries and ailments that could reduce your quality of life, you might be entitled to more compensation for non-economic damages. For example, if the truck accident caused disfigurement, amputation, or chronic pain, you may be entitled to more non-economic damages. Conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety and insomnia resulting from your injuries can also be considered when calculating non-economic damages.Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a truck rollover accident, it's crucial that you seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible. The experienced personal injury attorneys Arnold & Smith, PLLC, will carefully review your case and provide excellent legal advice. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about how we can help you.