Were you recently involved in a rollover accident in Houston, Texas? You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact Brian White & Associates to discuss your car accident case and find out how our Houston personal injury lawyers might be able to help you secure the money you need and deserve.
We provide an initial case assessment at no cost to you, so give our Houston law firm a call today. When you sit down with our team, we’ll carefully review your case, listen to your story, and help you understand your legal options for recovery.
What is a Rollover Car Accident?
Rollover car accidents occur when a car turns on its side or roof, flips over, or literally rolls from end to end (or side to side). Rollovers are among the most dangerous for occupants. Most cars don’t roll over when they’re involved in a collision. In fact, rollovers only account for about 3 percent of all car accidents in the United States.
However, nearly one out of every three fatal car accidents is classified as a rollover. So, rollover accidents might not happen very frequently, but they’re deadly when they do.
Some Vehicles Are More Likely to Rollover Than Others
There’s a reason why rollovers don’t happen very frequently. Most vehicles are designed to minimize the likelihood of rolling or tipping over. Certain vehicles – including SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans – are more susceptible to rolling over because they have a higher center of gravity.
These tend to be the vehicles that are involved in rollover accidents most often. In 2000, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two percent of passenger vehicles involved in accidents experienced rollovers. 15 percent of fatal accidents involving passenger vehicles were classified as rollovers.
When looking at data involving accidents involving light trucks, the figures were doubled. Four percent of accidents involving light trucks were rollovers, and 26 percent of fatal light truck accidents were classified as such.
The NHTSA found that SUVs are the most dangerous of all. In 2000, six percent of SUV accidents were rollovers. 36 percent of fatal SUV accidents involved a rollover.
Rollover Fatalities Most Likely When Occupants Aren’t Buckled
Seat belts save lives. This is particularly true when someone is involved in a rollover car accident. According to the NHTSA, there were 7,600 deaths resulting from rollover car accidents across the nation in 2010. 69 percent of the victims weren’t wearing seatbelts at the time of their accidents.
When a passenger fails to wear a seatbelt, they can be thrown violently around the car. In a rollover, which is a particularly violent type of collision, occupants are incredibly susceptible to injury. Seatbelts can help to keep passengers and drivers from being ejected or making contact with the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel, or other parts of the car.
What Causes a Car to Roll Over?
Cars can roll or tip over for several different reasons. Common causes include:
Trips are the leading cause of rollover accidents. Tripping means that a car’s tire strikes an object that disrupts its natural forward momentum. The car quite literally “trips” over something in its path. Cars commonly trip over debris in the road, potholes, guardrails, and even uneven pavement.
So, many rollover accidents actually begin as one-vehicle collisions. In fact, about 88 percent of rollover accidents involve one vehicle. In some cases, they remain that way. Other times, a car in the process of tripping might strike another vehicle or the driver might lose control and create a hazard for other drivers.
You want your tires to grip the road surface, right? Yes, but only to a certain extent. Research suggests that excessive tire grip can cause a rollover accident. How? The grip can create sideways force and, over time, cause the vehicle to lose balance and roll.
Sharp Turns at High Speed
Making a sharp turn can cause a vehicle to lose balance and tip over or roll. This is most common when a car makes a turn while speeding up or without slowing down.
Side Impact Collisions
Rollover accidents can also occur when a vehicle is struck directly on its side. The force of impact and momentum of the other vehicle can be enough to literally force the vehicle to roll. Crash statistics show that roughly one out of every five fatal rollover accidents is the result of a side-impact collision.
Frontal Impact Collisions
Many times, frontal impact collisions at high speeds. The sheer force and momentum of these types of accidents can, and often does, cause at least one of the vehicles involved to flip or roll. Roughly 42 percent of fatal rollovers are caused by a frontal collision.
Common Rollover Accident Injuries
Rollover accidents are often responsible for life-changing and catastrophic injuries. Brian White & Associates represents clients who, because they were involved in a rollover, suffered:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Eye injury
- Crushing injury
- Chest injury, and more.
Seek medical attention as soon as you can after a rollover crash in Houston. Then, when you’re stable, call Brian White & Associates to learn about your legal options for recovery.
Who is Responsible For My Injuries After a Rollover Car Accident in Houston?
Anyone who contributes to your rollover collision in Houston can potentially be financially responsible for your injuries and suffering. Under Texas state law, liability is divided up between everyone who plays a role – no matter how small. So, it’s really important to make sure that your rollover accident is investigated thoroughly.
At Brian White & Associates, our Houston car accident lawyers will dig deep to uncover every possible cause of your accident. With this information in hand, we can then work on identifying who might be to blame. When we establish fault, we can aggressively seek compensation from everyone who shares responsibility for your injuries. This might include:
- The driver of your vehicles
- Drivers of other passenger vehicles
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Employers of negligent parties
- The city of Houston, Harris County, and/or the state of Texas, or
- Vehicle or product manufacturers.
We will work diligently to recover all available compensation on your behalf. Our team will leave no stone unturned as we investigate and build your case. Give our Houston law firm a call today to learn more.
What If I’m Blamed For My Rollover Accident?
There’s a chance that you might be blamed for your rollover accident. It’s a common tactic employed by insurance companies. They’ll do whatever they can to deny your claim or minimize the amount of money you’re awarded for your injuries. Your ability to recover compensation can be in serious jeopardy if you don’t fight back.
That’s because, in Texas, crash victims are barred from recovering a financial award if they’re allocated more than 50 percent of the blame for their injuries. Your financial recovery will take a hit even if you’re allocated less than that. Your damages will be reduced by the degree to which you share blame. So, it is critical to disprove claims that you are responsible or, at the very least, downplay your role.
Brian White & Associates has been representing client sin rollover car accident cases for years. We know the lengths to which other parties and insurers will go to get out of accepting responsibility. We also know what steps must be taken to preserve your right to recover compensation. During our investigation, we will search for any evidence that helps to shift blame away from you. The less blame that’s assigned to you, the more money you can potentially get.
What Damages Can I Get If I’m Involved in a Rollover Accident in Houston?
When someone else is at least partly to blame for your rollover accident, they can be financially responsible for the consequences. At Brian White & Associates, our Houston personal injury lawyers will work aggressively to make that happen. We will seek damages for:
- The cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle and other damaged property
- Hospitalization, surgery, medication, and other medical expenses
- Disfigurement and scarring
- The cost of rehabilitation and therapy
- Present and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, and more.
Sadly, many rollover accidents are fatal. If a loved one has recently died in a rollover accident in Houston, our team is here to help. Give our wrongful death attorneys a call to discuss your case and learn about how we might be able to assist you during this difficult time.
Call Our Houston Rollover Car Accident Lawyers Today
You might be entitled to compensation if you’ve been injured in a rollover accident in Houston, Texas. Contact the experienced Houston car accident lawyers at Brian White & Associates for immediate assistance today. We will help you fight to get all of the money you need and deserve. Call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.