Need A LA Rollover Accident Lawyer?
Rollover accidents are among the most serious types of collisions that happen in Los Angeles and California. These accidents involve vehicles tipping over or rolling over and can cause serious injuries and fatalities to the vehicle occupants. People who are injured in rollover accidents that were caused by others might be entitled to recover compensation through personal injury lawsuits. Family members of people who are killed because of the negligence of others may also be able to recover damages through wrongful death lawsuits. If you or a family member have been injured because of the negligent actions of others contact an experienced LA rollover accident lawyer as soon as possible. We will aggressively fight for you to recover the maximum possible compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.
Los Angeles Office: 323-553-1000 | Torrance Office: 310-256-2299
Causes of vehicle rollovers
Vehicle rollovers are relatively rare. When they occur, they can be devastating, however. These types of accidents may be caused by several things, including the following:
- Losing control
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Inattentive driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Debris in the roadway
- Roadway defects
- Vehicle defects
- Aggressive driving
- Collisions from the side of a vehicle
- Improper loading of trucks
In a rollover accident, it is important to identify all of the factors that contributed to the cause. This can help you to determine fault so that you can recover damages for your losses. In some cases, a driver who is working for his or her employer may cause a rollover accident. When that happens, the company that employs the driver may be vicariously liable for the actions of its employee. Identifying all of the potentially liable parties can result in more compensation so that you might receive fair compensation for all of your losses.
Types of injuries in rollover accidents
When a rollover accident happens, the vehicle occupants may suffer devastating injuries. In some cases, the roof of the vehicle will cave in and crush people who are inside of the vehicle. In others, a vehicle occupant may be thrown from the vehicle. The car or SUV may catch fire in a rollover accident. Some of the types of injuries that can happen in rollover accidents include the following:
- Skull fractures
- Head, neck, and facial injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Thoracic injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Multiple fractures
Recoverable damages in a rollover accident
When you file a lawsuit against a responsible party for causing your rollover accident, the amount of compensation that you might recover will depend on several factors. The factors that can have an impact on the value of your claim include the nature and extent of your injuries, your likelihood of recovering, the actions of the responsible party, and the policy limits of the available insurance coverage.
In California, drivers are required to carry insurance with the following minimum liability amounts:
- $15,000 per injured victim
- $30,000 per accident for two or more victims
- $5,000 in property damage
- $15,000 uninsured motorists insurance coverage
- $30,000 UIM for two or more injured victims
- $3,500 UIM property loss coverage
Since rollover accidents often result in severe injuries, these policy limits may not be sufficient to cover all of your losses. When that happens, you might file a claim with your own insurance company’s UM/UIM policy to help to pay for damages that exceed the other driver’s policy limits. Identifying other responsible parties can also provide you with additional sources of recovery.
Damages are monetary amounts that are paid to the victims of car accidents. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate someone for their economic and noneconomic losses. Some examples of the compensatory damages that might be available in a rollover accident claim include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future income losses
- Property losses
- Medical expenses incurred to treat deceased victims until they died
- Funeral and burial expenses in wrongful death claims
- Lost rights to inheritances in wrongful death claims
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduction in the ability to enjoy life
- Loss of consortium or guidance for spouses and children
Depending on the actions of the defendant, punitive damages might be available. These damages are awarded on top of the compensatory damages. They are rarely available, however. Instead, punitive damages are awarded in cases in which the conduct of the defendants is particularly outrageous. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendants and deter them and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Insurance company tactics
Dealing with insurance companies after being injured in an rollover accident can be confusing and overwhelming. In some cases, the companies contact the victims soon after the rollover accident and make early settlement offers. Companies like to try to directly settle with the victims so that they can reduce the amounts that they might have to pay. Frequently, these early settlement offers are low-ball offers that will not adequately pay for the victim’s losses. If you accept an early settlement offer, you will not be able to ask for more money later. You should never agree to accept an offer without having an experienced attorney review it for you. You should also not give any recorded statements or sign any other documents from the insurance company without talking to a lawyer. When you are contacted by an insurance company representative, you can explain that you want to talk to an attorney before you will agree to give any statements or sign any documents that you might be sent. This can help you to protect your rights to recover compensation for your losses.
Get help from a Los Angeles rollover accident lawyer
Getting help from an experienced Los Angeles rollover accident lawyer at Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys will allow you to recover compensation that fairly pays for all of your losses. If you have been injured in a rollover accident in Los Angeles, contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling us or by filling out our contact form below.
Los Angeles Office: 323-553-1000 | Torrance Office: 310-256-2299
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