New Orleans Auto Accident Attorney Helping You After a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents can cause serious injuries, whether your own vehicle rolls over or your car is crushed by another vehicle that rolled, such as a truck or an SUV. When these types of car accidents occur, it is important to understand what your rights are as a crash victim. Your options for recovering compensation will depend on the cause of the crash, and a New Orleans auto accident attorney can help you explore them.
Bloom Legal has extensive experience providing legal representation to clients in rollover accidents. Whether you were a driver or a passenger in a vehicle that rolled over, or if you were hurt by the rollover of any other vehicle on the road, we can represent you. Contact us today to learn more.
SUV Rollover Accidents
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are top-heavy vehicles that have a tendency to roll over, especially if a driver is traveling too fast around a curve or abruptly swerves to avoid an accident. When a SUV rolls over, the driver and passengers inside of the vehicle can suffer serious injuries including head trauma, brain injury and spinal cord damage.
If you are the victim of a SUV rollover accident, the auto accident attorneys at Bloom Legal can outline your legal options given your accident-related injuries. Common legal options include pursuing a claim against the driver responsible for the crash or taking legal action against the SUV manufacturer.
An experienced car accident attorney from our New Orleans office can help victims of rollover crashes evaluate their situation and pursue a damage claim to maximize their chances for full and fair compensation.
Who is Responsible for SUV Rollover Accidents?
If a driver causes a collision, he or she can be held legally liable for resulting injuries and fatalities. The driver can be held responsible for injuries to passengers and other drivers and be required to pay for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death damages.
If the car is designed in a way that causes the crash or exacerbates the injuries of the accident victims, the victim of the accident or his/her surviving family members may pursue a claim against the manufacturer of a vehicle for a design defect.
SUV accidents typically result in claims against car makers because of their tendency to roll over in accidents, especially older model SUVs. When the vehicle rolls, injuries to the driver and passengers are usually more severe.
If an SUV rollover caused your injuries, you are not required to prove the car maker was negligent. Product liability cases differ from car accident claims against other drivers because carmakers are strictly liable for any injuries that their products cause. Therefore, if you can prove you were injured because of the SUV, you can likely recover compensation.
Your Rights After Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are much more likely to occur when you are in a top-heavy vehicle, such as a bus or a van or an SUV. These vehicles are supposed to be designed to reduce the risk of a rollover, but the chances of this type of devastating crash happening are still high. Because of the importance of protecting crash victims if a vehicle rolls over, many of these top-heavy vehicles will have roof systems designed to reduce the risk of a crushing injury.
Unfortunately, sometimes problems or defects in vehicles can cause rollovers to occur or make injuries more likely to happen when they do. If this is the case, it’s important that you get help from a New Orleans car accident lawyer who can help you hold the car manufacturer accountable.
There are also others you may be able to pursue a claim against when a rollover accident occurs. For example, if you were a passenger in a car that rolled over due to a careless driver, you can hold that driver accountable for injuring you through his or her negligence.
Or, if you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian, bike rider or motorcyclist who was hurt by a car or truck that rolled over and struck you in the process, you also have a legal right to pursue an accident claim if the car or truck driver was negligent in causing the rollover crash to occur. Because trucks can be so heavy, the risk of a rollover is substantial if the weight is not properly balanced. These types of accidents are often serious or deadly, and the truck driver or company that employs him may be to blame.
Contact a New Orleans Auto Accident Attorney Today
A New Orleans auto accident attorney at Bloom Legal will help you understand who can be held accountable if you are hurt in a rollover crash. We’ll also assist you in gathering appropriate evidence of the cause of the crash and in taking steps to fight for the compensation you deserve. To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call today at 504-599-9997 or contact us online.
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