Although any type of vehicle can be involved in a rollover crash, SUVs are the most susceptible to this type of auto accident due to their higher center of gravity. If you’ve been involved in a rollover accident caused by another driver's negligence, you're entitled to compensation for accident-related expenses.
Causes of Rollover Crashes
SUV rollover crashes can be caused by a number of different factor, including:
- Excessive speed. Drivers who are speeding or traveling too fast for road conditions are mostly likely to cause an accident. Statistics indicate about 40% of fatal rollover crashes can be attributed to excessive speeding, with nearly 75% of fatal rollovers taking place where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
- Alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgement and slows reflexes, leading to an increase in SUV rollover accidents. Even someone who is still under the legal limit can be impaired enough to cause an accident.
- Distracted driving. Despite laws regulating cell phone use and texting while driving, distracted driving continues to be a major source of all auto accidents. People in SUVs may be more prone to distracted driving because they mistakenly believe the size and weight of their vehicle will prevent them from being seriously hurt if a crash occurs.
- Rural roads. Rural roads are frequently the location of rollover crashes because they are undivided, don't have barriers to add a layer of protection for motorists, and don’t have constant traffic noise, so drivers can be lulled into a false sense of safety.
Types of Injuries
Drivers and passengers involved in an SUV rollover accident can suffer several different types of serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury. A TBI can lead to cognitive disabilities and the need for around-the-clock nursing care.
- Spinal cord injuries. A serious spinal cord injury can result in paralysis and other serious medical complications.
- Herniated or slipped disc. Car accident victims who suffer a herniated or slipped disc can experience significant pain as well as limited mobility.
- Broken bones. Broken arms or legs are common rollover injuries and can take several months to heal properly.
- Internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is considered a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated immediately.
- Disfiguring facial lacerations. Cuts and scrapes will heal, but they can leave scars that can have an impact on self-esteem and confidence.
SUV rollover crashes are also associated with a high number of fatalities. The risk of fatal injuries is highest when the vehicle is traveling over 55 miles per hour, but even lower speed accidents can lead to death if the victim doesn't get immediate medical treatment.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
If you've been injured in an SUV rollover crash caused by another driver's negligence, Louisiana allows you to file a personal injury claim seeking reimbursement for your accident-related expenses. These include:
- Cost of emergency medical care, including surgery to repair broken bones or address internal bleeding
- Funds for anticipated future medical expenses such as physical therapy or nursing care to address a permanent disability
- Loss of wages during your recovery period
- Loss of future earning potential, if applicable
- Pain and suffering
If an SUV rollover accident results in a fatality, the deceased person's spouse, parent, or adult child can file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party. This is a type of personal injury claim that includes the following damages:
- Medical care up to the time of death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of the deceased person's future earnings
- Loss of consortium or the ability to enjoy the companionship of the deceased
In a personal injury or wrongful death case, retaining experienced legal representation is essential. A skilled attorney can gather documentation to support your request for damages, locate relevant experts to testify on your behalf, and negotiate with the insurance company to maximize the size of your settlement.
Please call Neblett, Beard & Arsenault to schedule a free case review. Appointments are available at one of six convenient office locations throughout the state.