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Vehicle Rollover Accident Attorneys

The experienced rollover accident attorneys at Bisnar Chase have several decades of experience successfully representing catastrophically injured victims and their families. We have recovered tens of millions in settlements from major automakers and others for accident victims and their families.If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a vehicle rollover accident, please contact us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.

Brian Chase, auto defects attorney who specializes in vehicle rollovers discusses the dangers of roof crush in a rollover accident.

Rollovers are dangerous accidents that have a much higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. A vehicle is classified as rolling over when it tips over to its side or overturns completely. Rollover accidents are usually violent and may lead to partial or complete ejection of the vehicle's occupants. This significantly increases the likelihood of injury and/or death.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), rollover crashes account for only 2 percent of all traffic accidents, but they account for more than one-third of vehicle occupant deaths. For example, in 21,347 passenger vehicle occupants died in all types of crashes and 7,420 of those deaths involved accidents where the vehicle rolled over.

Causes of Vehicle Rollovers

Most rollover crashes happen when a driver loses control of a vehicle and it begins to slide sideways. When this occurs, the vehicle can be tripped by something and then roll over. The tripping object could be a curb or a guardrail. Rollovers can also happen when a driver tries to turn a vehicle too aggressively, at a high rate of speed or in conditions such as making tight turns. Rollovers may also occur when one side of the vehicle is flipped up suddenly by a guardrail or a ramp-like object. Often, we see that forces in a multi-vehicle collision may also cause a vehicle to roll. For example, a vehicle may be pushed over due to a side impact collision. However, statistics show that more than half of all occupants killed in single-vehicle crashes are involved in rollovers.

Vehicles Commonly Involved in Rollovers

catastrophic injuries from a vehicle roll over.Rollover accidents often involve SUVs and pickup trucks. According to the IIHS, in 2011, 55 percent of SUV occupants killed in traffic accidents were in vehicles that rolled over. In comparison, 46 percent of fatalities in pickup trucks and 24 percent of deaths in cars were in rollovers.

The reason pickups and SUVs tend to be prone to rollovers than cars is because of the physical differences in these vehicles. Light pickup trucks are taller than cars and have greater ground clearance.

This causes the mass of these vehicles to be distributed higher off the roadway relative to the width of the vehicle. When the vehicle is loaded with more passengers and cargo, it can cause the center of gravity to become even higher.

Types of Injuries in Vehicle Rollovers

Due to their violent nature and intensity, rollovers have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even deaths. Some of the common injuries that may be suffered in a rollover crash include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, bone fractures, internal injuries and amputations. A catastrophic injury is said to have occurred when a victim is permanently injured and disabled - when he or she is unable to make a complete recovery.

Suffering a catastrophic injury means that a victim will never return to the pre-accident state. Victims may never be able to participate in activities such as playing with their children or doing housework such as cooking, cleaning or mowing the yard. They may never be able to return to work or earn a livelihood, which may affect the entire family financially. Overall, rollover accidents can result in significant emotional financial impacts for both victims and their families.

Tips to Avoid being in a Rollover Accident

There are a number of reasons why rollovers occur. Here are a few tips on how to reduce the chances of a rollover crash:

  • Check your tires: It is important to have tires that are properly inflated.
  • Understand your loading limits: Heavy cargo can make your vehicle more prone to rolling over.
  • Avoid panic-like steering: If there is debris in your lane of traffic, it is important that you act calmly. Pressing down on your brakes while carefully maneuvering into a different lane is considerably safer than jerking the wheel suddenly to one side.
  • Learn about proper maneuvering: If your vehicle leaves the roadway, gradually reduce speed. Do not fight to point your car back into traffic right away.
  • Slow down: Many rollover accidents involve a substantial amount of momentum and inertia. If you are traveling at a speed that is safe for the roadway conditions, you are less likely to rollover.
  • Avoid top-heavy vehicles: When purchasing a car, it is important to remember that narrow vehicles with a high-center of gravity are prone to rolling over.
  • Use caution on rural roads: The NHTSA estimates that nearly 75 percent of rollover crashes occur in rural areas. When on an open roadway, it is easy to lose focus and allow your vehicle to leave the roadway where it can easily tip over.
  • Remain sober and alert: Drivers who are impaired and fatigued are much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

Liability in Rollover Crashes

An important part of any personal injury claim is determining liability for the crash. It is necessary to prove whether the rollover resulted from driver negligence or from a defective design. When defective design contributes to a crash, the auto manufacturer can be held accountable. When a defective part such as tire causes a rollover, the manufacturer of the faulty part can also be held liable. When a dangerous roadway condition causes or contributes to a rollover crash, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held accountable as well. When the crash was a direct result of driver carelessness or recklessness, then, he or she can be held liable for the damages suffered by the passengers.

Seeking Compensation

Whether you are pursuing compensation from an auto manufacturer or from a careless driver, it is important to understand the potential value of your claim. Accepting a settlement that does not cover all of your losses will prevent you from pursuing additional compensation in the future. Depending on the cause of the crash and the severity of your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wage
  • Hospitalization
  • Rehabilitation/therapy
  • Permanent injuries, scarring or disfigurement
  • Disabilities
  • Lost future income
  • Loss of life's enjoyment
  • Pain and suffering

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Rollover Lawyers

  • Several different factors can lead to being injured in a rollover accident:
  • Type of Car: Evidence shows that 15 passenger vans are by far the most likely vehicles to roll over. SUVs and other tall cars also have a higher likelihood of rolling over.
  • Luggage on the Roof: If a lot of heavy luggage is on the roof, the car will be top-heavy and more likely to roll over on a sharp turn.
  • Tire inflation: If the Tires are over or under-inflated, cars can handle differently and it can be easier to tip over.
  • ESC: If the car has electronic stability control (ESC), the car is more likely to avoid loss of traction, which can lead to a rollover
  • Roof Crush: If the car roof is not reinforced, a rollover accident can result in a roof crush, which can injure or kill passengers inside.
  • If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a rollover or roof crush, know your rights and contact an attorney today. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.
  • Over $300M in verdicts and settlements.
  • Firm commitment to public safety and holding corporate giants accountable.
  • A team of auto defect attorneys who are dedicated and compassionate.
  • Serving California since 1978.

Client Reviews of Bisnar Chase

“I don’t even know where to start, because I really wanted to write this recommendation even if there was no star or rating to be given! My daughter and I were in a bad car accident in 2011. She received a broke jaw, broken pelvic, broken arm, and a ruptured ear drum. I prayed to the lord while I was in ICU to guide me and send me to the right attorney that would help me and my daughter and not just look at us as a monetary opportunity. After much research I choose Bisnar Chase.
After spending 2 months in the ICU, we were in a long recovery process. Learning to walk, to eat due to wire shut for months! Back to the basic all over again… 4 years later it just came to an end! I tell you I have 2 different paralegals assisting me but Colleen Cadogan was the best I had this past year… This lady, emailed me, called me, send me words of encouragement almost every week! When I least expect it and I had a horrible day or had many questions and concerns she was there! As the paralegal doing her job, but also as a human being, a mother, a wife….just genuinely concern for my daughter and I. As the case came to a close….I will always remember the team of professionals and I would recommended Bisnar Chase to anyone….and be patient, patience”

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“I am very pleased with the results this law firm obtained for me. Their professionalism, attentiveness and friendliness was outstanding. They listened to me, answered my questions, advised me and kept me informed. A truck hit my car causing me serious injuries, medical bills, lost time from work and damaged to my car. They took care of everything wonderfully. They helped with getting my car repaired and a rental car. They helped me get medical help. They got my doctor bills paid, kept me from having to go to court and obtained a settlement for me beyond my expectations. Four of my family members have used these guys and had equally good experiences. One of my relatives consulted with them and got great advise about handling her matter. Mr. Bisnar told her she didn't need an attorney and told her how to handle it. She couldn't believe the compassion and great advise, especially without a fee. Mr. Bisnar helped my brother-in-law get a multiple six-figure recovery in an employment law dispute. Starting with the receptionist, my paralegal, the paralegal supervisor, Mrs. De La Torre, Mrs. Barker and Mr. Bisnar himself, everyone was helpful, friendly and professional. It was a refreshing experience after a bad accident. They send me a birthday card with a Baskin Robins gift certificate every year. In January they send me chocolate dipped fortune cookies. They have even offered me Lakers' tickets. They certainly didn't forget me after my case was done.”

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Upfront they said they weren't defense attorneys, but (after winning numerous severe dog bite cases over the years) they took the time to line item their opinion of how events would unfold (putting my mind at ease). In this day and age, the fact they took the time out of their busy day to respond so thoroughly to a cry for help ( inwhich they had absolutely nothing to gain), speaks volumns about the integrity of this firm. I wouldn't hesitate to use them, or refer them.”

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