A rollover is a car accident in which a vehicle tips over on its roof or side, often ejecting passengers, which increases the probability of death or catastrophic injuries: traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, fracture, burns, and internal organ injuries. Rollovers are relatively rare, accounting for only 2 percent of all motor vehicle accidents; but they are deadly. More than a third of all motor vehicle fatalities are rollovers.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
SUVs, vans, and trucks are more prone to rolling over than regular passenger cars, because this type of accident is directly related to a vehicle’s stability when making a turn, a function of the relationship between the center of gravity and the distance between the left and right wheels, called the track width. Combining a high center of gravity with a narrow track width causes the vehicle to be unstable in fast turns. The higher from the ground, the greater the instability.
SUVs built in the 1990s were especially known for their tendency to roll over. Today, new safety standards are in place and the newer SUVs are much less likely to flip. In fact, the SUVs hitting the market today are said to be half as likely as a regular car to roll over. That’s compared with SUVs manufactured between 1989 and 1993 model, which had a rollover fatality rate of 110 deaths for every million registered vehicles. For those manufactured between 2005 and 2008, the death rate went down to 48 for every million.
Claiming Compensation Following a Rollover Accident
Even today there are trucks that are unstable and roll over because of poor design. When these accidents occur and result in injury and death, you should immediately consult an experienced product liability attorney. The attorneys at the Shepard & Haven law firm in Sacramento work with design engineers and traffic safety experts to determine how a defect in design, manufacturing, and/or marketing contributed to the vehicle rollover.
SUVs and minivans became popular after they were marketed to the public as safe vehicles for families, which could hardly be further from the truth. We are able to help many victims of truck, van, or SUV rollovers to recover substantial compensation for injuries and wrongful death from these poorly designed vehicles.
Your Go-to Attorneys for California Rollover Accident Claims
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury or wrongful death as a result of a vehicle rollover, Kenneth Shepard and Ronald Haven are your best resource for information, advice, and legal representation. Each partner has been practicing law for 35 years, and the firm has a long track record of bringing in very substantial recoveries for their clients, as high as seven figures. We are able to settle most cases out of court, but from the first day you retain our office to handle your case, we begin preparing it for trial, so if it becomes necessary to take it to a jury, we are ready with thoroughly prepared, watertight case.
We take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you’ll never make a payment during the litigation, and you won’t owe us anything unless we win money for you. This means that even if you are suffering financial difficulties following your injury, you will have access to justice with unparalleled representation by some of the state’s most experienced Sacramento personal injuries lawyers.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
California law places time limits called statutes of limitations on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in an injury or wrongful death claim, so don’t wait. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation with our vehicle roll over lawyers in Sacramento.