If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a rollover accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries or loss. Rollover accidents remain one of the most dangerous types of accidents. They can cause serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, many rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents that may be due to a poor vehicle design. The defective design may also make vehicles more likely to roll over in multivehicle accidents.
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Dangers of Rollover Accidents
In a rollover accident, passengers experience many different forces that are harder for the safety equipment in the vehicle to counteract. This makes injury and even death more likely. About a third of all traffic fatalities and 20% of incapacitating injuries occur in a vehicle that has rolled over. You are more than ten times more likely to be killed or suffer incapacitating injury in a rollover accident than in other types of accidents.
Defective Design Contributes to Rollover Risk
Some vehicles may be considered defective by design for their tendency to roll over. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are about twice as likely to roll over as passenger cars because they have high profiles and a narrow wheel base. The vehicle may be “tripped” by small obstacles or by a tire failure. Although recent models show more stability than older models, they remain an elevated risk.
Vehicle design may also put you at greater risk once you get in a rollover accident. Poorly designed seatbelts may make you more likely to be ejected from the vehicle, especially if your car door comes open during the rollover. Poor roof strength may mean the vehicle will collapse when it rolls over, crushing you.
Compensation for Rollover Accidents
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a rollover accident, you may be able to get compensation for your injury or loss. Compensation that may be available for injury victims include:
Diminished earning ability
Medical bills, including expected future bills
Pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life
Compensation that is available in a wrongful death lawsuit after the loss of a loved one varies greatly from state to state.
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