Texas Vehicle Rollovers: The Basics
An automobile rollover is a specific type of automobile crash in which a car, truck, or another type of vehicle tips over and ends up on its roof or side. Although these types of accidents are rare when compared to other types of automobile mishaps, rollovers have the highest fatality rate of all the different types of crashes. And even when victims of vehicle rollovers survive such accidents, they often sustain injuries such as:
- Severed appendages and limbs
- Broken bones
- Fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
What Causes Vehicle Rollovers?
A number of factors can lead to vehicle rollovers, including:
- Vehicle type – Certain kinds of vehicles, such as SUVs, are more prone to rollovers than others.
- Negligence – Rollovers are often caused by circumstances that are beyond a driver’s control. However, driver negligence also sometimes contributes to these types of mishaps.
- Condition of the road – Unsafe road conditions are a common cause of vehicle rollovers. Examples of such conditions include potholes and uneven pavement.
- Speed – A large percentage of rollover deaths occur at speeds of over 55 MPH. This is due partly to the susceptibility of certain vehicles to flip at higher speeds.
- Defective vehicle parts – Defective vehicle parts can contribute to vehicle rollovers. Defective parts are occasionally installed during a vehicle’s production, during routine maintenance, and during repairs. Individuals injured due to defective parts may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Legal Recourse for Rollovers Caused by Defective Products
When a rollover is caused by a defective product, the injured party may have a claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. In order for such a claim to be valid, the defect must have occurred during the shipping, design, manufacturing, or handling of the vehicle. A manufacturer may also be held liable if adequate warnings regarding hazards of operation were not provided to consumers. In order to make a civil claim against a vehicle or part manufacturer, the following must be demonstrated:
- The vehicle, part, or product that caused the accident was unreasonably dangerous.
- The vehicle was operated in a manner consistent with the intent of the manufacturer when the accident occurred.
- The vehicle was not substantially altered since its initial production by the manufacturer.
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident in Texas, please consider contacting us to discuss your situation. At the law office of Phil Baker, we leverage our extensive knowledge and skills to make sure you receive the full value of your claim, which also considers any future injuries and medical expenses. And if the insurer fails to make a fair and reasonable offer, we are ready and willing to take your case to court. At our Texas personal injury law office, we can help you recover for lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses. In addition, we handle all accident cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us a dime unless your claim is successful. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact us for a free consultation.
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