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Rollover Truck Accident Attorney in Texas and New Mexico

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Rollover accidents are some of the scariest and most dangerous truck accidents that can happen on American highways. These accidents can leave victims with serious physical injuries that can last months or even years, as well as mental and emotional trauma that may never fully heal.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a rollover accident, you need an experienced rollover truck accident lawyer to ensure you collect the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Your damages are likely to be immediate and significant, and can range from emergency hospital treatment and medical bills, to the cost of missing work and the costs of ongoing care.

Call Sloan Firm for the help you need today. Our experienced team of truck wreck injury lawyers will review your legal options, as well as handle all the legal aspects of your claim, so you can focus on recovering and getting your life back on track. Our team has helped numerous victims in Houston, Longview, and Santa Fe, NM. When you call Sloan Firm at (800) 730-0099, you'll get a free consultation with a dedicated member of our team.

What Makes a Truck Rollover Accident so Dangerous?

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The main factor contributing to the danger of truck rollovers is their great sizes. A tractor-trailer can be over 55 feet long, 13 feet to 14 feet high, and when fully-loaded, weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

Because of the way they're loaded, they tend to be top-heavy. While it generally takes a large amount of force to start it tipping, once it does it's almost impossible to stop. This leads to a rollover accident, where the truck rolls onto its side or back, sometimes rolling multiple times before stopping.

Vehicles that happen to be caught in the path of an out-of-control truck are often pushed, stuck, or crushed under its weight. There's no telling how severe a truck rollover can be, or how many vehicles will be involved—but nearly always, serious injuries or even wrongful death follows.

Common Causes of Rollovers

Truck rollover accidents have a number of reasons, but they can be grouped into four main categories:
  • Sharp or quick turns: Turning too sharply, too quickly, or at too high a speed has a much greater chance of rollover. Trucks have a higher center of gravity than lower vehicles, meaning that they must take care when turning.
  • Ramp-based rollovers: When the ground is uneven under an 18-wheeler, such as when a truck goes up on a curb or an uneven incline quickly, it can rollover due to inertia.
  • Skidding: Semi-trucks have a large amount of inertia due to their size and weight, and when their brakes are applied too heavily they can lock up and begin to skid out of control. When that's combined with a turning motion, impact, or other force, the truck can be forced into a roll. Trucks often skid due to driver error during adverse conditions, such as slick pavement from rain or ice, or overly worn tires with bare treads.
  • Spinning: While spinning can be initiated by a skid, it ends with the truck's full body spinning out of control. The weight and inertia of this movement can cause a rollover, especially if the truck's side hits an obstacle.
However your truck rollover accident occurred, the skilled legal team at Sloan Firm will conduct a full investigation of your accident to determine its cause. We want you to fully understand the source of your damages, and to give your claim the evidence it needs to win.

Common Injuries of Rollover Wrecks

Anyone who's involved in a rollover accident can suffer a number of serious injuries. Our rollover accident injury clients most commonly report the following injuries:
  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain hits the skull with enough force to cause swelling or other damage. While the results of a TBI can vary, they can include memory loss, cognitive decline, behavioral or mood changes, paralysis, and others. Some TBIs are treatable, while others can cause life-long complications.
  • Spinal cord injuries are common in rollover accidents due to spinal compression and impacts from hard objects during the crash. These injuries often result in partial or even full paralysis, which can last the rest of the victim's life.
  • Victims might require amputations if their limbs are pinned underneath the heavy wreckage of a rolled-over truck.
  • Organ damage can be caused by the violent impact of a rollover collision, as well as cuts, lacerations, bruising, and other injuries
  • Fatal injuries are tragically common in rollover accidents, especially when the large truck rolls over smaller passenger vehicles. If you've lost a loved one due to a truck rollover, you may be able to find justice through a wrongful death claim.

What to Do After a Truck Rollover Accident

If you're the victim of a truck rollover accident, call 911 if you're able. Your injuries will be treated by first responders on the scene, and the police who arrive will generate a report that's vital evidence in your claim. You should also document the scene as well as you can, taking pictures, jotting down the names and information of other victims and witnesses, and reporting the accident to your insurance.
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In order to prove the trucker or trucking company is liable in your claim, you'll need to prove they acted negligently. Proving negligence requires the proof of four other points:
  • The driver had a duty of care toward other drivers by obeying traffic laws, following regulations, or exercising reasonable care
  • The driver breached that duty of care by acting recklessly or failing to take action to prevent harm
  • That breach directly caused the accident and its resulting injuries
  • Those injuries caused damages, either financial, such as medical bills and lost wages, or non-economic, such as pain and suffering or decreased quality of life
You have a limited amount of time—legally known as the statute of limitations—to seek damages for your injuries, so it's important to call an experienced truck injury lawyer as soon as you're able after your accident.

Call Sloan Firm After a Truck Rollover Accident

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck rollover, the experienced lawyers at the Sloan Firm are here to help. We're dedicated to our clients, and won't stop until we've settled your case.

Give us a call at (800) 730-0099 for a free legal consultation today. We're personally committed to you, your case, and your future.

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