Rollover Accident Attorney in Biloxi
Rollover crashes are fairly rare compared to other types of motor vehicle accidents, but they can be some of the deadliest events that occur on the roadways. Only about 3% of all traffic-related accidents are rollovers, but according to an NHTSA study, they account for approximately 30% of all vehicle-related fatalities. Clearly, when a vehicle flips over or gets thrown to its side, the risks of severe and catastrophic injuries are very high, and those inside the vehicle are fortunate if they can escape intact.
In general, rollover accidents happen when a driver loses control of their vehicle before it flips over. There are number of reasons why this could happen, which may include the type of vehicle, weather conditions, the actions of the driver, and many others. Typically, there are a number of factors that can contribute to a rollover crash, and a thorough investigation will be needed to identify the cause and determine who was responsible.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or death in a rollover accident, it is important for you to understand your legal rights and options. The insurance company is not looking out for your best interests, and they will do everything possible to mitigate their losses and make your case go away. Before speaking to an insurance adjuster or anyone else about your case, contact the Gardner Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.
At the Gardner Law Firm, we have over four decades of experience successfully representing clients who have been injured in rollover accidents and those who have suffered all other types of personal injuries in Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, and nearby Southern Mississippi communities. Our lawyers have handled countless auto accident cases over the years, and we thoroughly understand the complexities of these types of cases.
We routinely go up against well-funded adversaries such as large corporations and insurance companies, and we are not intimidated by their vast resources. We know the common tactics they typically use in order to escape responsibility for their actions, and we put our extensive experience to work to help ensure that our clients recover maximum compensation, and that those responsible for their injuries are held fully accountable.
What are the Most Common Causes of Rollover Crashes?
As mentioned previously, rollover accidents typically result from a convergence of factors that cause a vehicle to get turned over or flipped to its side. Some common factors that contribute to rollovers include:
- Type of Vehicle: The make and model of a vehicle can often be a contributing factor to a rollover crash. While any vehicle could flip over under the wrong set of circumstances, this type of event is more likely to happen with vehicles that are taller, narrower, and have a higher center of gravity. Vehicles that fall into this category include sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and various types of vans and pickup trucks.
- Vehicle Speed: “Speed kills”, and this slogan is especially true when it comes to rollover crashes. In approximately 40% of rollover accident cases, the driver is going over the speed limit. In addition, nearly 75% of rollovers that involve fatalities happen on roads where the posted speed limit is 55 mph or above.
- Accident Location: A lot of rollovers happen in rural areas where there are no medians, guardrails, or other barriers that prevent a vehicle from crossing the center line or going into the ditch. Without these barriers, the chances of a vehicle rolling over or getting tipped to its side increases.
- Weight of the Vehicle: A heavier vehicle has a higher center of gravity, making it more likely to roll over. The weight distribution within the vehicle could also be a factor, especially with accidents in which a vehicle gets flipped to its side. Both of these issues are common with large tractor-trailers, which can weigh more than 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. An 18-wheeler that is overloaded or unevenly loaded could get into a rollover crash if it encounters heavy winds, ice, and other adverse conditions.
- Driver Negligence: Some type of driver error or negligence often plays a role in a rollover accident. We talked earlier about speeding; other examples include reckless driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving. Any of these and other poor driving behaviors can contribute to a rollover crash.
Rollover Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks
Some of the deadliest rollover crashes are the ones that involve large semi-trucks. The weight of these trucks creates a higher center of gravity than most other types of vehicles, and because of their size and length, high winds, winding, curvy roads, poorly maintained roads, and other factors can abruptly shift the weight of the trailer portion of the vehicle. This can cause the trailer to lean to one side of the road or another and flip over. Many times, a rollover like this could go through several lanes of traffic and injure occupants of multiple vehicles.
When a rollover accident with a big rig truck occurs, there is a strong potential for severe and catastrophic injuries. Those who are injured through no fault of their own are entitled to damages not only for direct economic losses such as medical costs and lost earnings, but also for noneconomic losses such as pain-and-suffering, psychological distress, diminished quality of life, disfigurement, and permanent injury.
With accidents like these, there could be several parties who are at fault. Driver negligence is a distinct possibility; commercial truckers often drive for several hours at a time, and they can get tired and fatigued at times. Some drivers also turn to alcohol or various types of illegal or prescription drugs to take the edge off. And in an effort to stay on schedule, they may exceed the speed limit and drive aggressively, even during adverse conditions.
Other parties that may share fault in a commercial trucking rollover accident include the company that employs the driver, the shipping company that loaded the cargo, the owner or lessor of the truck, the party responsible for maintaining the truck, the party responsible for maintaining the roads, and the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of a faulty vehicle or vehicle part. To ensure that you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries, it is best to work with an attorney who has specific experience with these types of cases and the proven ability to pursue damages against all parties involved.
Speak with a Knowledgeable and Compassionate Pascagoula, MS Rollover Accident Lawyer
At the Gardner Law Firm, we understand that rollover crashes can take an enormous physical, emotional, and financial toll on those who are injured and their families, and our goal is to make the legal process as smooth and seamless as possible. We work closely with our clients, and we provide strong legal guidance and moral support during this difficult time. We handle all of the complicated legal tasks, and we deal directly with the other side, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
To schedule your free consultation and case assessment with one of our attorneys, message us online or call our office today at 228-436-6555. You may also stop by our office in person at your convenience, or we will come to you.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis – you only pay attorney fees if we win your case