As with any car accident, roll over accidents can be caused by more than one cause. Rollovers are very serious accidents that have become increasingly more common. Some such causes include:
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Unfavorable road conditions
- Crossing the median or center line
- Improper passing
- Poor visibility
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
SUV’s are the Most Likely Vehicle to Rollover
In addition to driver negligence, the increase in the amount of sport utility vehicles, or SUVs as they are commonly called, have led to more rollover accidents in recent years. SUV’s are the most likely vehicle to rollover due to the nature of their design. SUV’s typically have a higher center of gravity and increased vehicle weight, which can cause the vehicle to flip more easily. In fact, the manufacture of SUV’s has been known to be unsafe and defective leading to multiple recalls.
Fault in a Rollover Accident in Pennsylvania
With Pennsylvania’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Act, even if someone else caused your injuries, your own insurance company is required to pay your medical bills and lost wages up to those no-fault limits. However, that does not mean that no driver is at fault for the accident. The at-fault driver, or one who is found to be negligent, is responsible for the damage to the other party’s vehicle. Whenever an accident occurs, it is important to determine who is the at-fault party immediately, while the witnesses are present and the details are still fresh.
It can be very difficult to prove driver negligence. Attorneys will seek the help of accident re-constructionists and other experts to identify the responsible party or parties and build a case to get you the best result possible.
- The driver of the vehicle that rolled over
- The driver of another vehicle that caused the accident and forcing your car to rollover
- Manufacturers, distributors, and or retailers of defective parts
- State or local government that failed to maintain safe roadways
Vehicle Manufacturers May Be Responsible
In many instances it may be the vehicle manufacturer or poor road design or poor signage that has caused the accident. If that is the case the car manufacturer or city, county or state government agencies should be held accountable. In addition, if a faulty seatbelt or malfunctioning airbag contributed to your injuries, the manufacturer may be held liable.
Contact a Rollover Accident Attorney at SMT Legal Today
Our Pittsburgh roll over accident lawyers will do everything possible to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. We will aggressively fight the insurance company or responsible party. We will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, examine the police reports as well as speak to any witnesses or medical professionals.
We offer free case evaluations and do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Our car accident attorneys are experienced, aggressive and compassionate.