Because of their high centers of gravity, vehicles like trucks and SUVs are more likely to tip over and roll during an accident than a passenger car that sits low to the ground. While rollovers are uncommon, only occurring in 2.1% of accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), they are extremely dangerous. Even though rollovers are uncommon, they accounted for almost 35% of fatalities from collisions.
If you were injured in a rollover accident, you have the right to hold the at-fault driver responsible. A Norcross rollover accident lawyer can help ensure that you are justly compensated for your losses, including any medical bills or lost wages you suffered due to the accident.
The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers works on many car accident cases and is proud of their results. For a free consultation about your rollover accident, contact our office today at (404) 888-8888.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Several circumstances can lead to a rollover accident. Some of the most common causes of rollovers include:
According to the NHTSA, 40% of fatal rollover accidents involve cars driving at excessive speeds. Almost three-quarters of fatal rollovers occurred on roads where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher. When a motorist drives too fast for the road on which they are traveling, they have less time to react to avoid a collision. If they do detect danger and must react quickly, taller vehicles—like vans, trucks, and SUVs—are more likely to roll.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), a driver with a blood-alcohol level of just 0.05% will experience a loss of coordination and greater difficulty steering. When a driver’s alcohol level reaches 0.08%, they experience greater difficulty controlling their speed, in addition to a reduced ability to process information, including detecting signals or using visual search to detect danger.
Because many rollover accidents occur during routine driving, distraction is another major cause of rollovers, according to the NHTSA. Some of the biggest distractions for motorists include navigation systems, passengers, and the use of cell phones.
A Norcross rollover accident lawyer can help you gather evidence to build a case to pursue compensation for your losses. For a free case review, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888.
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How Georgia’s Negligence Laws Could Impact Your Case
Victims sometimes worry that they are partially responsible for causing an accident. They may have been distracted in the moments leading up to the rollover, and feel that they possibly could have done something to mitigate their losses. Each state has its own set of rules for allocating damages when multiple parties are involved.
Georgia follows a modified comparative fault system and has a fault threshold of 50%. According to this legal doctrine, victims can still recover damages; their recovery is reduced by their percentage of fault. However, they can only recover damages up to the threshold. That means that if they are 50% responsible for the accident, they are barred from recovering compensation.
Your lawyer can further explain these laws to you and examine the evidence in your case to determine your percentage of fault in the accident.
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Possible Types of Recoverable Damages in Rollover Accidents
There are a large number of damages that someone can recover after a rollover accident. The types of damages will depend on the details of your case, such as the severity of your injuries and the extent of your financial losses. Some examples of the types of recoverable damages include:
- Hospital stays
- Surgical procedures
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Assistive devices like walkers and wheelchairs
- Visits to specialists
- Emotional distress
- Occupational or physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
If you lost a loved one in the accident, the types of damages you may be able to recover in a wrongful death claim include:
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Wages and benefits your loved one had been providing
- Loss of support and protection
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According to O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, there is a two-year statute of limitations in the state of Georgia for personal injury claims. If you do not file your claim within two years from the date of your accident, you typically are prohibited from recovering any compensation. The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will make sure you meet this deadline so you can recover the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Our services also include:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your accident, including working with an accident scene reconstruction expert if necessary.
- Gathering evidence like medical records, police reports, eyewitness statements, and traffic camera footage, if available.
- Communicating with all involved parties on your behalf
- Calculating the full value of your case
- Negotiating with the defendant’s lawyer or the insurance company
- Representing you at trial if a settlement cannot be reached
We will stand by your side every step of the way, answering your questions, and guiding you through the legal process. To have our team get to work on your rollover accident case right away, or for a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact our office today by calling (404) 888-8888.