Recently, a single-vehicle crash on A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock killed one person. The 34-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, though no one else was injured, and no major property damage appeared to have occurred. Single-vehicle rollover accidents are sometimes solely the fault of the driver, but this is not always the case. If you have managed to survive a rollover accident, you may be able to seek compensation from an actor whose conduct made your accident more likely, even if they were not injured in the accident themselves.
The Most Deadly Type Of Accident
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) paint an intimidating picture of the aftermath of rollover crashes – justifiably so in most cases, given that they involve vehicles weighing thousands of pounds flipping over and expelling their contents. NHTSA statistics estimate that only around 2 percent of all traffic accidents are rollover crashes – however, they account for roughly 35 percent of traffic-related fatalities during that time.
There are several different reasons why the fatality count in rollover accidents gets so high. Speeding is very often a factor, as well as lack of restraint use (The Department of Transportation estimates that of the rollover accident facilities tallied, approximately three-fourths were not wearing seatbelts). DoT statistics also note that the majority of rollover accident drivers are male, and the majority of single-vehicle rollovers happen on two-lane roads with no medians. Obviously, accidents may happen anywhere, but some factors can raise one’s likelihood of having a crash, especially if one is not careful.
After Your Accident
Many victims of rollover accidents do not bother filing suit against anyone, because they believe that there is no point – there is no evidence that anyone else caused the accident, after all. However, this is simply not always the case; depending on the timing of your crash, there may be witness reports or police video showing that you had to take evasive action due to someone else’s recklessness. Alternatively, your accident may have been caused by a defective part in your vehicle, or by poorly maintained roads.
If you suspect that an outside actor played a role in your rollover accident, there are certain criteria that you must be able to establish in court before you can recover compensation for your medical bills and your pain and suffering. You must show that the defendant owed a duty of care toward you (and any other plaintiffs in the same class), and that they breached that duty, which led directly to your injuries, with no other superseding cause. If you can establish these factors, you may have a case against another driver or the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Call a New Braunfels Rollover Accident Attorney
Being involved in a rollover accident is a frightening experience, and if you survive, your injuries will be severe. Contacting an experienced New Braunfels rollover accident attorney is a good first step. The Bettersworth Law Firm can offer dedicated and compassionate representation as you and your family navigate the legal process. Call our offices today at 888-392-0039 for a free consultation.