Philadelphia Rollover Accident Lawyer
Rollover accidents are rare, but when they happen, they’re deadly. Only three out of 100 accidents are rollovers. However 30 percent of all traffic fatalities occur in a rollover accident. It’s not likely that you’ll be involved in a rollover accident, but if you are, it’s likely you or your passengers will suffer a severe injury. You might even die. Contact a Philadelphia rollover accident lawyer immediately if you or a loved on have suffered in these specific accidents.
What is a Rollover Accident?
Rollover accidents happen due to a process called tripping, which is when the tires of a truck or car hit something like a soft shoulder, bump or the curb. The vehicle’s momentum makes it roll over sideways or end-over-end. Only 15 percent of auto accidents involve more than one car. Some 95 percent of all single vehicle accidents are the result of tripping. Contributing factors to rollover accidents are slick roads due to bad weather, tire blowouts, poor vehicle design and having to avoid other motorists.
Suburban Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, roll over more often than other vehicles. That’s because they have a high center of gravity. Pick-up trucks and minivans have the second and third highest rate of rollover accidents.
Blowouts and random tire failures are responsible for drivers’ losing control of their vehicles. Roads with potholes or other bumps also create rollover accidents. Sometimes warning signs are not present at road construction sites or when soft shoulders exist. Attempting to drive around a pothole or a soft shoulder can also cause the car to trip.
It is important to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia to determine all the potential defendants that may be responsible this type of accident. There’s plenty of blame to go around after a rollover accident. Vehicle and tire manufacturers, auto repair companies and dealerships are usually responsible for defective tires or poor design. Depending on the type of road on which the accident occurs, various governments could be responsible for poor road maintenance. Federal, state, county and city roads are all governed by different rules, and filing a case against any of them is very different than filing a lawsuit against a person or business.
It’s entirely possible that you may not know what caused the rollover accident. It could be a defective tire, poor streets or a combination of the two. They normally happen in an instant with no warning signs. However, there is always a reason. If you hire a personal injury attorney to file a claim for you, the firm will send out investigators to examine the scene of the accident and the vehicle in question.
Common Injuries After a Rollover Accident
Frequently people who are in a rollover accident get thrown from their vehicle. Sometimes the roof collapses onto them. The very nature of rollover accidents makes them violent and lethal. If there are no deaths, there are usually severe injuries including:
- Brain injury
- Fractured neck
- Internal Injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Head trauma
If you were involved in a rollover accident in PA or New Jersey, contact Rosenbaum & Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our Philadelphia car accident lawyers. We’ll investigate the circumstances of your accident. Then, we’ll let you know how to proceed with your legal action against the responsible party. Call us at (215) 569-0200, or fill out our online form to contact us.