Were You Injured in a Rollover Car Accident in East Texas?
Rollover accidents are one of the most severe types of car accidents, causing thousands of avoidable fatalities every year. A rollover accident is classified by what happens to the vehicle after the accident, that is, rolling over. With these types of accidents, the vehicle can roll over onto its side or even roll over multiple times. These types of accidents can be single-vehicle or multi-vehicle accidents. If you were injured in this type of accident and you are looking for an attorney to represent you, consider speaking with a Longview car accident lawyer at Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson and Smith Law Firm.
Rollovers: Tripped and Untripped
There are two basic ways to classify a rollover vehicle accident: tripped and untripped. Tripped accidents refer to an object that acts as a ramp and propels a vehicle into a rollover. For example, a concrete median can be an object that trips a vehicle and results in a rollover. Untripped accidents are typically caused by sharp turns, swerving or a sudden incline or decline in the road. Both types of rollover accidents are more common in taller vehicles such as SUVs and pickup trucks, for example. This is because it is easier for the center of gravity to be thrown off in these types of vehicles, making it easier to tip over whether tripped or untripped.
Rollover accidents that are classified as single-vehicle accidents can prove difficult for claimants. If no other vehicles were involved, the insurance company may be quick to determine that the driver was the at-fault party. This is not always the case. If you were involved in a rollover accident caused by any of the factors listed below, then you may not be liable.
Inadequate Road Signs
Whoever is responsible for maintaining a road is responsible for posting the necessary traffic delineators and signs. Without these, drivers can become confused or fail to drive in the safest possible manner. For example, without reduced speed signs on roads with sharp turns, a vehicle could take a turn too quickly and be involved in a rollover accident.
Debris in the Road
Those responsible for road maintenance must also be careful to quickly re-mediate debris and other objects from the road. For example, if lumber falls out of the back of a truck and into the road, other drivers who come across the lumber will likely swerve to avoid this debris. Sharp swerving at high speeds can result in untripped rollover accidents.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Drivers are responsible for safe driving practices in adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, etc. However, sometimes the city or whoever is responsible for road/highway maintenance can be held responsible. For example, a road may have been constructed in such a way that it is dangerous to drive on when wet. Our firm looks past the surface in rollover accidents to determine the root cause.
Contacting a Longview Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love was injured in a rollover car accident, you could be suffering from severe and even permanently debilitating injuries. Discuss your case with a Longview car accident attorney at Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson and Smith Law Firm today. We will evaluate your case free of charge to determine the best legal recourse. Avoidable accidents are tragic, so let our personal injury law firm investigate and advocate on your behalf to hold the responsible party at-fault for the resulting damage.