Some of the most serious accidents that occur on the roadways are vehicle rollovers. Rollovers are frightening – leaving you completely out of control of your vehicle and often resulting in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.
Car accidents don’t just wreck cars; they also wreck lives, sometimes forever. It is stressful to deal with physical ailments that could last a lifetime if proper treatment isn’t provided because insurance companies won’t fully cover medical expenses.
If you or a loved one were the victims of a rollover accident through no fault of your own, you should seek the help of a skilled car accident attorney.
The Pittsburgh car accident lawyers at SMT Legal are here to help you understand your rights and how you can recover the maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
You should not have to pay for your car accident injuries because someone else was distracted or negligent. Call our law office for a free case evaluation today. We can aggressively fight the insurance companies to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Determining Liability in Rollover Accidents
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a No-Fault Law. That means that each party is responsible for their own medical bills. The medical bills are covered through Personal Injury Protection, more commonly referred to as PIP, which is included in car insurance coverage.
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. Learn more about No-Fault Insurance here. 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 reconstructionists and other experts to identify the responsible party or parties and build a case to get you the best result possible.
Possible liability in rollover accidents can include:
- 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
Our Pittsburgh car 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.
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.
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.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
As with any car accident, there can be 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
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. If you were involved in a rollover involving an SUV you should seek the counsel of an experienced car accident attorney to see if your SUV was possibly defective.
Legal Steps After A Vehicle Rollover Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a vehicle rollover accident that was not your fault, you should contact an experienced Pittsburgh car accident injury attorney right away.
Proving who is at fault is critical to your case and the sooner that witness statements, evidence, medical examinations and other important information can be collected and investigated, the greater chance of having a winning case.
An experienced car accident lawyer will investigate every aspect of the accident and every detail that could have contributed to the accident. If there were unsafe road conditions or missing traffic signs or defective traffic signals, this evidence needs to be explored. Our Pittsburgh attorneys have years of experience investigating car accidents and a roster of client testimonials to prove our success. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and profit by paying as little as possible. Our experienced team of lawyers can fight back to try to get the most compensation possible.
Oftentimes victims will reluctantly accept the first sum of money offered by insurance companies because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of fighting. Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck – we are here to make a difference.
We do not charge any fees to victims of car accidents unless we win their case. We are compassionate attorneys who will listen closely to your situation and answer your questions. Let us fight for you – you will not owe us anything unless we win your case. We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case.
We are here to help answer your questions about getting the maximum compensation owed to you, including:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs and home health care;
- Lost wages;
- Retraining for another profession if you are unable to drive or do the type of work you previously were paid to do;
- Emotional distress;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of quality of life;
- Wrongful death
Contact SMT Legal to find out how we can assist you with your rollover accident case.