The violence of a Hernando rollover accident frequently leads to serious injury or death for vehicle drivers and passengers. These consequences bring physical, emotional, and financial costs to victims left reeling by the accident and its aftermath.
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Rollover Accidents Explained
When a vehicle tips onto its side or rolls over onto its roof at any point during an accident, the crash is considered a “rollover.” Rollovers can be part of multi-vehicle accidents or single-vehicle events and may or may not be associated with a preceding crash.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) most recent full year of rollover data collection shows
- 76% of rollover accidents followed a pre-rollover impact
- 24% of rollover accidents occurred with no preceding impact
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Rollover Injuries and Fatalities
Rollover accidents are brutal, often ejecting passengers from the vehicle and causing severe or catastrophic injuries or death.
Sustaining life-changing injuries from a rollover accident is not an uncommon outcome for vehicle occupants. Violent jolting and exposure to crushed vehicle parts often lead to:
- Trauma to the head and neck
- Brain injuries or brain bleeds
- Spinal cord damage, potentially causing paralysis
- Lacerations or amputations
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
In its data, IIHS reports 7,182 vehicle occupant fatalities from rollover accidents, a number comprising 30% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths for that year. Most of those fatalities, 5,572, occurred in single-vehicle accidents.
For all fatal crashes reported, rollovers caused
- 22% of the deaths of occupants of passenger cars
- 41% of the deaths of occupants of pickup trucks
- 40% of the deaths of occupants of SUVs.
The losses incurred by rollover deaths and injuries are extensive and demand substantial compensation. By contacting GKBM and partnering with a rollover accident attorney in Hernando, you put yourself in the best position to collect the settlement you deserve.
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Holding Responsible Parties Accountable
Mississippi is a fault state, which means the party at fault for a rollover accident is responsible for providing victims with financial compensation. For a successful outcome, you must prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused the accident.
An experienced Hernando rollover accident attorney knows how to investigate your accident to determine its cause and file against the right party. Though each accident is unique, there are common causes of rollover accidents.
Other Unsafe Drivers
Another driver’s recklessness may cause your rollover accident. That driver may crash into you at a high speed, causing an immediate roll or sending your car careening off-road, leading to a rollover. Even if the other vehicle does not hit you, the driver’s recklessness may force you to make an emergency swerve, ultimately causing a rollover.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 78% of cargo truck rollovers result from driver errors that include speeding, lack of alertness, and making sudden maneuvers.
When roads are not properly maintained by the government offices responsible for their oversight, rollover accidents are more likely to occur. The sudden impact from hitting a large pothole or protruding guardrail can topple cars.
If roads are undergoing construction, construction supervisors must keep roads clear of obstacles or equipment that could lead to crashes and rollovers.
Defective vehicle parts or malfunctioning systems can cause the car to “fail” and roll over. An experienced rollover accident lawyer in Hernando will consult with experts and examine your situation to determine:
- Whether your vehicle experienced sufficient safety testing
- If the vehicle’s parts and systems were properly designed and installed
- Whether vehicle manufacturers and sellers gave you appropriate warnings about reasonably predictable dangers, such as the vehicle’s rollover tendencies
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The purpose of a settlement is to make you “whole” or restore you to your pre-accident condition. Money in itself cannot heal your wounds or bring back loved ones killed in a rollover accident, but it can restore your financial security, give you access to care, and bring justice.
Financial Restoration and Security
Your Hernando rollover accident attorney will calculate the financial losses incurred by your accident, such as your medical expenses and future medical care costs, the income you have lost and will continue to live without should your injuries prevent you from working, the value of the property destroyed or damaged in the accident, and any other accident-related expenses.
A fair settlement will account for these losses and restore stability to your financial future.
Life-changing injuries affect your quality of life. Diminished mobility or cognitive abilities cause emotional distress for you and your household. This suffering cannot go unacknowledged, and financial compensation will at least provide access to other opportunities, activities, or therapies to improve your situation.
Wrongful Death Compensation
If your loved one was killed in a rollover accident, you can pursue compensation for their untimely death. Your attorney will pursue coverage for medical and death expenses, recovery for lost income and benefits, and compensation for your suffering and loss of a relationship.
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The Benefits of Working with a Hernando Rollover Accident Attorney
Join forces with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to reduce your stress and increase your chances for a high settlement. Your lawyer will:
- Investigate your accident thoroughly and file against the right party within Mississippi’s statute of limitations
- Collect comprehensive evidence to prove the at-fault party’s negligence
- Value your claim fairly
- Handle all communication with insurance companies, preventing you from accepting lowball offers or accepting undue blame for the accident
- Fight back when insurance companies attempt to re-interpret your policy or drag their feet to avoid paying what they owe you
- Represent you at trial proceedings if the at-fault party refuses to settle out of court
There is no substitute for your Hernando rollover accident lawyer’s knowledge, experience, negotiating abilities, and advocacy.
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