In many cases, rollover accidents are associated with large vehicles and SUVs, which typically have a higher center of gravity. This aspect is what makes these types of vehicles more prone to rollover accidents. A rollover crash is one of the most dangerous types of accidents that you can experience. In 2010, for example, over one-third of fatal auto accidents in the U.S. were rollover accidents. If you were injured as a result of a rollover accident, you can bring a claim against the driver who caused your injuries. And if the rollover was caused by a defect in the vehicle, you may have a product liability case. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can seem daunting, and there are many specific procedural rules that you must follow. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident attorneys are prepared to provide you with the responsive and sensitive representation that you need.Asserting Your Right to Recovery After a Rollover Crash
With a higher center of gravity, SUVs and larger vehicles are prone to roll if a driver turns too quickly or if there is an impact on the side of the vehicle, such as a T-bone collision. However, rollovers are not limited to SUVs and can take place with other vehicles, such as situations in which a large vehicle collides with a small vehicle and sends it veering off the roadway. This is often known as tripping, which encompasses any situation in which an impact prevents a vehicle from readjusting to its intended path and sends a vehicle off the roadway with significant force. If the vehicle hits a guardrail or median, the impact can project the car into a roll. Speeding is another common factor in rollover accidents. If the driver jerks the wheel of the vehicle too quickly while driving at an excessive speed, the vehicle can lose balance on the roadway and begin rolling.
If you were a passenger in a vehicle that suffered a rollover accident due to the driver’s negligence, or if you were involved in a crash in which another vehicle collided with your vehicle and sent you into a rollover, you can bring a negligence claim against that driver to recover compensation. A key step in recovering compensation is to show that the other party did not use the appropriate level of care, skill, and attention at the time of the crash. In Massachusetts, drivers have a duty to exercise caution at all times while driving and to refrain from distracted driving habits like texting or checking social media accounts. They must also drive appropriately, given the roadway conditions, traffic patterns, and current weather. This includes obeying the speed limit and yielding the right of way when required. A seasoned car accident lawyer can help you determine whether the other driver breached the standard of care at the time of the crash.
Once we have proven that the other driver operated his or her vehicle negligently, we must show that you would not have suffered injuries but for this negligent conduct. If causation is established, a victim’s attorney would need to illustrate the amount and types of damages that the victim suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligence.
Rollover accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, concussions, broken bones, or back injuries. If the vehicle in which you were riding suffered a side impact as part of the rollover collision, you may also experience serious crush injuries. Our rollover accident attorneys will seek full compensation for your injuries. This will include medical bills, lost earnings, and damages for scarring, disability, and pain and suffering. Your spouse and family members may also have claims for loss of consortium.Consult a Dedicated Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer in Boston or Surrounding Cities
If you or someone in your family was recently injured in a rollover accident, you probably have questions about whether you are entitled to compensation from another party and how you should go about protecting those rights. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have counseled victims in Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield, among other cities. We offer a free consultation so that you can learn more about our team of legal professionals and how we can assist you. Call us now at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online to discuss the details of your situation.