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More than eight out of every ten rollover accidents are single-vehicle crashes, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This type of crash, however, rarely has a singular cause. Instead, a number of factors contribute to these wrecks. In some cases, this may include other drivers — whether they hit you or not. Other factors may include the design of your vehicle, the design of the road, and other objects in and around the roadway.
If you suffered injuries in a rollover crash caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages by filing a claim with their insurer. A rollover accident lawyer in Dallas from Lovins Trosclair can help you get the money you deserve: 214-484-1930.
What do I need to know about rollover accidents?
Rollover accidents can occur in a number of ways.
In some cases, another vehicle forces the driver off the road. In others, the driver must make a sudden move at high speeds to avoid colliding with a careless or distracted driver. In many cases, the driver swerves to avoid something and then overcorrects, flipping the vehicle. Aggressive, distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent drivers may hit a vehicle, causing it to roll.
While many people believe that only SUVs, pickups, and vans flip, this type of crash can involve any type of vehicle. These tall, narrow vehicles are at an increased risk, however, since they have a higher center of gravity.
How can I get compensation after I suffered injuries in an Austin car accident?
Under Texas law, all motorists in Dallas must have a minimum amount of liability insurance in case of a motor vehicle crash. This minimum includes:
- $30,000 liability coverage per person
- $60,000 liability coverage per accident
- $25,000 coverage for property damage
To recover compensation, you need to be able to prove that another driver or party was at fault for your crash. For example, if a driver sideswiped you and ran you off the road, you would be able to get compensation from him if you prove his negligence.
If you rolled your vehicle attempting to dodge a tire that just blew out from someone’s car, you can recover compensation if you can prove the driver neglected to maintain his vehicle.
You would be able to recover compensation if are able to prove that your accident was the result of a defect with your vehicle (e.g., tires prone to blowouts, brakes that lock up, etc.) To recover compensation for a defect, you would need to file a claim or lawsuit with the manufacturer of the defective part. Our personal injury attorneys can assist with claims against manufacturers.
Are there other options to recover compensation?
In some cases, another driver may cause a rollover accident, but leave the scene or not have enough insurance coverage to pay for your damages. If this occurs, you may be eligible to file for compensation from your own insurer. Carrying a personal injury protection policy or an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy can offer you additional options.
Under Texas law, you have to reject all of these coverage types in writing, so many Dallas drivers have these policies and do not know it.
How do I prove fault for a rollover accident?
Because of the complex nature of a rollover crash, it is often more difficult to prove another driver was at-fault than in other types of accidents. Like other collisions, winning compensation requires showing the other party was careless or negligent, that this led to the crash, and that you suffered injuries and property damage in the wreck.
In many cases, the at-fault driver’s insurer will attempt to claim that you caused the accident, or at least contributed to it.
If this defense works, your compensation could be significantly lower, or the court could bar you from recovering anything in the claim. Because of this, you need a lawyer on your side who regularly files this type of claim.
Our attorneys work with accident reconstructionists to determine exactly how accidents happen and who is at fault for a collision. We will also help you collect the evidence necessary to show the other party was at-fault. This evidence often includes:
- Police reports
- Pictures of the damaged vehicles and the scene
- Video of the crash
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert accident reconstruction
- Expert witnesses
- Your medical records
You must also be able to prove you suffered actual damages, such as medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can establish this through:
- Medical bills
- W-2s or pay stubs
- Any other receipts related to the costs of your injury
- A pain journal and testimony from family and friends to demonstrate how your injury affects you daily
What types of damages can I recover?
The type of damages you can recover depends on the type of claim you file. If you file an insurance claim with the other driver or a lawsuit against a manufacturer, you can recover the following:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Other accident-related expenses
Uninsured and underinsured motorist policies pay out for most of the same damages as a claim against another driver, up to the limits of your coverage.
If you carry a personal injury protection policy, you can recover damages up to the maximum covered by your policy in categories that include:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation expenses
- A percentage of your lost income
- Funeral costs, if your loved one passed away in an accident
How can Lovins Trosclair help me?
Lovins Trosclair works with Dallas car accident victims, helping them get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If someone else acted carelessly and you suffered physical, emotional, or financial injuries, you can hold that person liable for your damages.
Taking on an insurance company to get compensation after a rollover car accident is often a stressful, time-consuming process. Michael Lovins and Pete Trosclair can help you navigate this process, and get the maximum payout possible. Call the Dallas office of Lovins Trosclair today at 214-484-1930, and let us get to work for you.