Los Angeles Vehicle Rollover Attorneys
We are Here to Help Victims Injured in Rollover Accidents
Although there are many ways in which auto accidents can occur, few are more terrifying or destructive than a rollover accident. Whether it’s one vehicle, such as a large truck or an SUV, or multiple vehicles all involved in a larger crash, the damage can be immense once a vehicle starts to roll. These types of accidents are particularly dangerous for the driver and any passengers in the vehicle that rolls, but large trucks, particularly commercial trucks, can also present a danger to other drivers as cargo becomes loose or spills out of the vehicle.
Rollover accidents can happen in different ways, and only sometimes is the driver of the vehicle solely to blame. Careless drivers who cause rollover accidents can be held accountable by other people on the road who are injured or affected by the accident. If a rollover is due to negligent designs or flaws in a vehicle or parts on the vehicle, then it’s possible the manufacturer of a truck or SUV can be held accountable.
Figuring out who is liable and holding them responsible for their negligence can be quite difficult, which is why it is so important to have an experienced attorney to represent you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle rollover accident, then call us right away at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
A vehicle rollover, as the name suggests, is an event in which any vehicle, typically a large truck or SUV, rolls over either partially or completely. There are different reasons why a rollover can occur, and the reason for the vehicle rollover is very important in a lawsuit. In order to establish who is liable for a rollover, you have to determine how it happened.
Sometimes a vehicle rollover will occur due to driver error or inexperience in dealing with an event on the road. A driver in a large SUV, for example, might take a turn too sharply, suddenly jerk the wheel to avoid something on the road, or drive off onto the shoulder of the road and try to get back on too sharply. All of these events can cause a rollover to occur.
Other times, a vehicle rollover occurs due to a malfunction in the vehicle. Early SUVs were often designed far too top-heavy, which made them very susceptible to rollovers. Faulty brakes, improper weight distribution, and other design flaws can cause rollovers or make them more likely.
Liability for a Rollover Accident
The cause of a vehicle rollover accident is directly related to who is liable for that accident, and the damage that it caused. In order for there to be liability in a civil lawsuit, it must be shown that someone was in some way negligent and that the negligence contributed to or caused an accident that damaged property or caused an injury. This is why the cause is so important.
If a driver makes an avoidable mistake that causes a rollover, and strikes other vehicles or otherwise causes damage, then that driver might be liable for the damage done in the collision. On the other hand, if it can be shown that the vehicle’s manufacturer knew about a flaw that made rollovers more likely, and did nothing about it, then the manufacturer could be liable for damage from a rollover accident. Sometimes even a dangerous roadway that was improperly designed, constructed, or maintained can even be the cause of a vehicle rollover and leave the city or state liable for what happened.
Injured in a Rollover? We are Here to Help
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you figure out exactly what happened and how, and determine who is liable for the damage and injuries caused by an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle rollover, then call us right now at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041.
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