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Atlanta, Georgia Roll-Over Car Accident Lawyer

According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 280,000 Roll-Over car accidents every year in the United States and these accidents result in as many as 10,000 deaths each year. Roll-Over car accidents are most likely to occur in SUVs and in large trucks because of the fact that these vehicles are top-heavy.

Roll-Over car accidents can cause injury to those in the vehicles that roll over. They can also injure others who share the roads. For example, a driver could be crushed underneath a large truck that rolls over onto his vehicle.

When a Roll-Over car accident occurs, it is important to determine who was responsible for the crash and for the resulting injuries. In some cases, the driver of the vehicle that rolled over was doing something dangerous and is liable for any injuries that result to those in other vehicles. In other instances, however, the car manufacturer is to blame for a defective vehicle design that increases the chance of a Roll-Over. In these situations, the driver of the vehicle that rolled over could potentially make a claim against the manufacturer.

Because of the possibility of multiple different parties to blame and because of the legal complexities involved in Roll-Over car accidents, it is very important to get legal help if you are involved in this type of crash. An experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help.

The Dangers of Roll-Over Car Accidents
Roll-Over car accidents can occur in a variety of different accident situations. However, the most common cause of Roll-Over crashes is when a vehicle is making a turn.  SUVs can easily flip over when drivers go around a turn too quickly or whenever a driver makes a sharp change of direction. This danger exists because SUVs normally have both a high center of gravity and a narrow track (distance between the car’s left wheels and the car’s right wheels).

Large trucks, and especially those carrying liquids or heavy loads, are also likely to be involved in Roll-Over car accidents. In fact, the National Transit Safety Board (NTSB) indicates that tanker trucks (trucks carrying liquid) account for approximately 1/3 of fatal Roll-Over car accidents although only six percent of large trucks are classified as tankers.  The high center of gravity and top-heavy design of commercial trucks makes these vehicles much more likely to roll over. When this occurs, other vehicles can easily be crushed as the heavy truck falls on their car.  

Roll-Over Car Accidents Put Everyone at Risk
When a roll-over occurs, the driver and any passengers in the car that tips can be seriously injured. These individuals are likely to suffer head injury, neck injury and broken bones. Others who are sharing the road may also be hurt if the vehicle tips onto them or crushes their vehicle. Death, spinal injury, traumatic brain injury and broken bones are all common outcomes in these types of roll-over car accidents.

When someone is hurt in a roll-over crash, he or she may need costly medical treatment to address the serious injuries suffered. The injured victim may be unable to work and may experience ongoing pain and a diminished quality of life. If the Roll-Over car accident was a fatal crash, then the surviving family members left behind may face the grief of losing a loved-one along with the financial concerns of losing a working member of their family.

The damages caused by a roll-over crash should be paid by the person or entity responsible for the accident. In some cases, this is a negligent or careless driver. In other cases, it is the manufacturer of the vehicle that tipped over. In still other instances, it is a trucking company that was responsible for employing the truck driver or an employer that was responsible for loading a truck in a hazardous manner.

An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can help you to determine who is to blame for your Roll-Over crash. We can assist you in taking action against the appropriate person or entity so you don’t have to bear the financial burden of your losses.  

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer For Your Roll-Over Accident

The laws in Georgia allow for injured auto accident victims to be “made whole” after a car accident. You can obtain compensation from whomever was responsible for your accident by filing a personal injury lawsuit and presenting a compelling case in court. You can also negotiate with the insurance company that represents the responsible party and arrive at a lump sum settlement, or payment made outside of court in exchange for giving up the right to sue.

At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers are prepared both to go to trial and to negotiate on your behalf with the insurer. We can advise you on your rights, help you to build a strong case and advocate for you so you get the maximum compensation possible under the law.

To learn more about how we can help you after your Roll-Over car accident, contact us online or give us a call at 404-814-8949.  
 

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