All accidents are dangerous and have the potential to cause serious injuries or be deadly. Some accidents may carry more risk than others, though. One potentially deadly accident is a rollover accident. If you’ve been in a rollover accident caused by an automotive defect, rollover accident lawyers from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you, so call us at 215-642-2335.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents can be caused by many different factors. According to SaferCar.gov, factors that play a role in the risk of a rollover crash include the following.
- Vehicle type
- Alcohol use
- Driver behaviors
In addition to the things listed above, another factor that can play a significant role in the risk of a rollover accident is whether or not the vehicle – or any parts of the vehicle – is defective. Parts of a vehicle that could contribute to a rollover accident include defective tires, defective steering systems, defective brakes and more. If any parts of a car malfunction due to manufacturing or design defects, the driver of the vehicle, any passengers and anyone else nearby is at risk of an accident and injuries.
Injuries Sustained from a Rollover Accident
As mentioned above, rollover accidents are some of the most dangerous types of accidents. In fact, SaferCar.gov states that rollovers have a higher fatality rate than any other accident type.
If the accident is not fatal, vehicle occupants may suffer various injuries including traumatic head injuries, facial injuries, neck and back injuries, knee injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and internal injuries. Those who don't wear a seatbelt at the time of the accident may be at greater risk of a serious injury. In some cases, these serious injuries cause permanently debilitating conditions, rendering an individual impaired for life. For example, a traumatic brain injury can forever impact a person’s cognitive and emotional abilities, and a spinal cord injury can result in permanent paralysis.
Who’s liable for injuries caused by a rollover accident?
Liability for injuries caused by a rollover accident is dependent upon who’s at fault for the accident. If the rollover accident was caused by the driver because the driver was under the influence of alcohol, then it is unlikely that anyone else will be responsible, though the driver may recover compensation from his or her own insurer per Pennsylvania insurance laws. Occupants of the vehicle may hold the driver liable for their injuries.
If, on the other hand, the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, then that driver may be liable and could be responsible for paying damages.
In some cases, the party who is liable is the manufacturer of a vehicle or vehicle part. If the rollover accident was caused by a defective automotive part, then the manufacturer of that part has breached its duty to the consumer to provide a product that is safe for use. If this happens, the injured party can file a product liability suit. By filing a product liability suit for damages in Pennsylvania, you can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and more. If you’ve lost a loved one in a rollover accident, wrongful death benefits may recoverable. If you want to recover damages, you must file your suit within two years’ time.
Our Rollover Accident Lawyers Can Help You
If you’ve been involved in a rollover accident that you believe another party caused, then an attorney can help you prove fault and file a suit for damages. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys can help with product liability, personal injury, and wrongful death cases. For a free case consultation, call us at 215-642-2335.