On the morning of Independence Day, a rollover crash on Loop 1604 claimed the life of one person, when the sedan he was riding in flipped over, ejecting all four occupants. A man in his 20s was killed, and the other three passengers in the car sustained serious injuries, though as of this writing their conditions are not known. Rollover accidents are some of the most dangerous one can experience, and if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a rollover that is the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.
Higher Percentage of Fatalities
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that rollover accidents are very serious. In the relevant data, rollovers comprised approximately 1.5 percent of all crashes but were responsible for roughly eight percent of the fatalities. There are many different reasons for this, not least of all because of the sheer weight of a vehicle flipping around can cause serious damage to a human body.
Other reasons that rollovers have a higher fatality percentage have to do with the factors that so often are present in this type of crash – for example, NHTSA statistics show that nearly half of all rollover crashes involve alcohol or another substance, which obviously impairs one’s ability to drive. Another common factor is location; rural roads are often less well maintained, which can make it easy to get distracted or to not notice another vehicle on the road nearby.
If You Are Injured
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a rollover accident, you will almost certainly have significant medical bills to go along with serious injuries. While many rollover accidents are single-vehicle crashes, meaning that only one vehicle is involved in the actual collision, this does not mean that another car might not have played a role in your crash. Another driver might have swerved in front of you, without being unfortunate enough to crash themselves.
If you believe there is a chance that another person’s negligence played a role in your accident, you must be able to show that their conduct was the direct cause of your injury and that their conduct breached the duty they had to exercise reasonable care. In Texas, motorists have a duty to behave reasonably vis-a-vis every other road user, and if you can show that a reasonable road user would not have anticipated their conduct, you should be able to establish negligence. You may even be able to recover if it is found that you were partially at fault for your own injuries, as long as your percentage of fault is no more than 50.
Call a New Braunfels Rollover Crash Attorney
Rollover accidents are notoriously deadly, and if you are involved in one, it can be difficult to feel like there is a way back to recovery. The skilled New Braunfels rollover accident attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm are ready to help you and your family as best we can so that you can focus on healing and not on paperwork. Contact us today at 888-392-0039 for a free consultation.