Birmingham Rollover Accident Injury Law Firm
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study from several years ago provides some concrete data to emphasize this point. According to the study, although only about 3% of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. are rollovers, they account for approximately one-third of all vehicle passenger deaths. There are a number of reasons why rollover accidents occur, and most often, it is ultimately due to the negligence of one (or multiple) parties. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a rollover accident, you may have the right to compensation.
At Burge and Burge, we have over 50 years of combined experience representing clients who have suffered severe injuries or fatalities due to rollovers and other types of personal injury. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of this area of the law, and we have a strong track record of success with even the most complex accident injury cases. We have been recognized not only for our vast experience and skill, but also for our dedication to providing highly personalized service to our clients.
We understand that when an individual is seriously injured in an accident, it takes an enormous physical, mental, and financial toll on injury victims and their families. Our goal is to provide strong legal representation and to make the legal process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients. We also understand that each case is unique, and we take the time to fully assess the specific circumstances and explore every potential legal path toward recovering full compensation.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
With most vehicle crashes, one or more of the drivers are usually at fault. This is not necessarily true with rollovers. Rollover accidents can be due to a number of different factors. Some of the most common include:
• Speed and Location: According to safercar.gov, excessive speeding is a factor in approximately 40% of all fatal rollover crashes. In addition, almost ¾ of all rollovers occur on rural roads where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher. In rural areas, the roads tend to be undivided and without a barrier that could prevent a vehicle from tipping over.
• Vehicle Design: While any vehicle can be involved in a rollover under the right set of circumstances, there are certain vehicles that are more susceptible to these types of accidents. These tend to be taller and narrower vehicles with high centers of gravity. Examples include SUVs, pickup trucks, and large passenger vans. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that single-vehicle crashes (such as rollovers) account for 65% percent of SUV and pickup truck-related fatalities. By contrast, single-vehicle crashes account for only 45% of all other motor vehicle-related deaths.
• Negligent Driver Behavior: More than half of all fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol. And a large percentage are also attributable to various forms of driver negligence, such as speeding, inattentiveness, and distracted driving.
Common Injuries Sustained in Rollover Accidents
As mentioned earlier, rollovers tend to cause some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries. This is particularly true if drivers and passengers are not wearing seatbelts. Some of the most serious injuries that result from rollover crashes include:
• Traumatic Brain Injuries: When a vehicle flips over, the momentum on the way down often causes those inside to hit their head with force on the roof of the vehicle. In addition to cuts and bruises, this can cause a more serious condition known as traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can manifest itself in numerous ways, and depending on the severity, this type of injury can often have lasting effects.
• Spinal Cord Injuries: The force and impact of the vehicle can also cause injury to the spinal cord, which controls the nerves that run down the length of the spine. In the most severe cases, this can result in full or partial paralysis.
• Broken Bones: Being turned over and coming down hard on the roof of the vehicle can cause fractures in any number of places. Depending on the type and severity of the fracture, the injured party could miss work for an extended period of time and even have some type of permanent disability.
• Amputations: When a rollover crash occurs, a limb can sometimes become trapped in a closed area or severed to the point where there is nothing that can be done to save it. Losing a limb can permanently inhibit the victim’s ability to perform various functions.
• Internal Injuries: Rolling a vehicle over can cause damage to internal organs, and these types of injuries are not always known right away. Punctured organs can lead to internal bleeding, which in some cases can become life-threatening.
• Wrongful Death: All too often, rollover crashes result in fatalities, leaving the victim’s family to pick up the pieces and try to move forward.
Alabama Contributory Negligence Laws
Rollover accidents are very often due to a poorly designed vehicle. This could be the fault of the vehicle designer, manufacturer, distributor, or multiple parties. In Alabama, rollover injury claims are difficult to pursue because of the state’s legal doctrine known as “contributory negligence”. Under this doctrine, any party that is negligent in a personal injury case is barred from recovering damages. In cases like these, success often comes down to the strength of the case and the effectiveness of the arguments made by your legal counsel. This makes it all the more essential to work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of these types of cases.
Experience the Burge and Burge Difference
Rollover accidents can literally turn your whole world upside down. With mounting medical bills, time missed from work, and other adversities, you need a seasoned advocate in your corner fighting aggressively to protect your rights and interests. At Burge and Burge, we are skilled litigators and strong negotiators. Whenever possible, we look to negotiate a settlement for full damages. However, if the other side is not willing to be reasonable, we have the experience, resources, and commitment to forcefully pursue your claim at trial and upon appeal.
If you or someone close to you has suffered serious injury or wrongful death in a rollover accident, call our office today at 205-251-9000 or toll free at 800-633-3733, or send us a private and confidential message through our online contact form to set up a free consultation.
We do not charge upfront attorney fees for our personal injury cases – you only pay us if we win your case