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A rollover accident frequently results in serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. With several points of impact surrounding the driver and passengers, the potential for injury is enormous as the vehicle is crushed. After such an accident, the injured person’s main concerns should be their health and recovery.
While this is natural, the legal matters of filing a claim or lawsuit must be initiated as early as possible after the accident. Evidence must be obtained and preserved, eyewitnesses interviewed, and the accident scene and vehicles evaluated. It is imperative that legal representation is retained to manage these vital issues.
What Causes a Rollover?
A rollover is an accident where a car rolls onto its side or roof, and a vehicle can roll multiple times before coming to a stop. The vehicle may impact other vehicles or strike the ground multiple times, creating a high potential for severe injuries or fatalities. Due to the complex nature of such an accident, determining the cause of the rollover can be challenging. An external factor triggers a rollover which include:
- Poor road conditions, such as potholes
- Defective tires
- Unexpected road hazards
- Driver negligence (distracted driving, driving under the influence)
- Reckless driving
- Overloaded trucks
- Impact with another vehicle
- Auto design defects
Liability may lie with the vehicle manufacturer, another driver, or the agency responsible for maintaining safe roads. To file a claim or a lawsuit, the liable party must be identified so a claim or a lawsuit can be filed to seek to recover full compensation for all damages.
What Damages Can Be Recovered After a Rollover Accident?
After a serious injury, the cost of medical treatment can range into hundreds of thousands of dollars incurred within just a few weeks. Between the costs of medical care, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional trauma associated with the accident, a life can be changed forever. Financial compensation can ease your burdens and help make it through this challenging time. The damages pursued in a claim or lawsuit may include:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of consortium (loss of companionship, care and physical support of a loved one)
- Wrongful death
How Much Compensation is Paid in a Rollover Accident?
The amount of compensation that could be recovered is calculated by evaluating certain factors, including the degree of the injuries, the predicted long-term impact on your ability to work and earn a living, and the pain and suffering associated with the injuries.
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Rollover Accidents?
Rollovers can cause very severe injuries, even when every safety feature on the vehicle functioned as it should. Some of the most common injuries associated with a rollover include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis – quadriplegia, paraplegia
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Crush injuries, chest and ribs
Do I Need an Attorney?
After a rollover accident, the insurance company of the responsible party may contact you or your family to attempt to offer compensation. You are at risk of accepting an offer that is far lower than you deserve without the help of a skilled Fort Collins car accident lawyer. All the facts surrounding your accident must be fully evaluated, with the help of professional resources, including medical and financial experts.
How Can the Tenge Law Firm, LLC Help?
The Tenge Law Firm, LLC is a boutique law firm in Fort Collins that focuses exclusively on victims of serious injuries caused by acts of negligence. Unlike large, impersonal law firms that represent a high volume of cases, we represent cases to which we can dedicate our full attention and care.
At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we take a personal approach to each case, providing the full range of services to our clients. We take cases on a contingency fee basis and are only paid legal fees when we are successful in recovering damages, whether in an insurance claim or bringing a lawsuit.
We provide an unmatched level of service for our clients. We provide support for the critical issues in the cases we take on. If we accept your case, you can be confident you will be treated with respect, compassion, and honesty – and that we will relentlessly pursue the maximum compensation possible in your case. Contact us today at (970) 212-4777 for a free consultation.