Rollover Accidents Due to Defects: Who is Liable?
When you think about rollover accidents, there are typically different types of scenarios that come to mind. For instance, you might picture an accident where somebody is speeding around a curve and loses control of their vehicle, rolling head-first down an embankment. In other scenarios, you might think of other drivers and how the right amount of force can cause a vehicle to roll. But what about if your rollover accident took place due to a defect?
Rollover accidents now rank as one of the most injurious and fatal accidents, which means that those who are lucky to survive will probably want to move forward with a claim for compensation. Even though 2.1% of all accidents that take place every year are rollovers, these accidents still continue to take place, and we want you to know that we are there for you.
Inherently Dangerous Vehicles
Vehicles are meant to keep us safe, which is why they go through rigorous safety tests that work to prevent accidents that take place on our roads every year. One thing that you must understand is that some vehicles are prone to rolling over on a higher level than other types of accidents. Perhaps one of the most popular types of vehicles in our history that are most prone to rolling over are SUVs. This is due to the higher center of gravity and the fact that these vehicles sit high off the ground.
Why are rollover accidents so serious? They can easily lead to deadly results because, if your vehicle rolls over and you are thrown around inside the vehicle, you will most likely sustain great trauma via multiple impacts. Another possibility is that you could easily be ejected from the vehicle, especially if you have not been properly seatbelted into your seat.
Every day, many people wonder how they will move forward after they have been involved in a rollover accident. Determining liability is the main step that opens up your claim and allows you to move forward to bigger and better means of compensation.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you have been injured at the hands of a negligent manufacturer of either the parts used in the vehicle or the vehicle itself, you have a right to a claim. The manufacturer who developed the parts or the designer who came up with the general design of the parts could be held liable through what is known as a product liability case, which are brought to compensate on behalf of a manufacturing company that did not use proper care.
Many individuals or entities could be liable for your rollover accident after it has taken place, but you should never have to handle your claim alone. Being injured in an accident can be a life-changing experience and at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, our accident attorneys are here in your time of need. Working through the aftermath of a personal injury claim might be difficult but this does not mean that you have to stand alone. Please contact us to find out how we can help at 304-431-4050.