Bellevue Rollover Accident Lawyers
Rollover accidents are some of the most terrifying and unusual types of accidents on U.S. roads. Most of those who are injured or killed in rollover accidents are inside the rolling vehicle. However, during a rollover, a car can crash into another vehicle or into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, with tragic results. No matter how you were injured during a rollover, the experienced accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help. We understand this is a difficult time on several financial, emotional, and physical levels. It's our priority to ensure that accident survivors are fully aware of their legal rights and options to decide whether pursuing a claim or lawsuit is best for them.
Rollover accidents are slightly more common in rural areas, according to the NHTSA, but a fair number of rollovers still occur in urban centers like Bellevue every year. Even though these types of accidents are fairly common, this doesn't undermine their severity or the repercussions that negligent parties face. Types of oversight that can trigger a rollover accident include:
- Driver drowsiness or distraction. The driver of a vehicle that rolls over may be drowsy or distracted just before the crash. Many rollovers result from overcorrection in an emergency situation, which is more likely to happen if the driver fails to notice an emergency developing. Drivers of other vehicles who are drowsy or distracted could also cause a collision by slamming into a vehicle and rolling it over.
- Speeding. Speed is a major factor in rollovers, say NHTSA researchers. Speeding vehicles are more likely to roll during a swerve or while trying to navigate a tight curve. Also, a vehicle that collides with another vehicle while speeding is more likely to generate the force needed to push the second vehicle over, especially if the second vehicle has a high profile or is incorrectly loaded.
- Improper loading. Some vehicles, including box trucks and fifteen-passenger vans, become much more likely to roll over if their cargo or passengers are not loaded correctly. Weight should be carried in these vehicles in front of the rear axle whenever possible, and extra cargo should never be strapped to the top. Both of these situations can make a fifteen-passenger van or truck far more likely to roll in a crash.
- Dangerous roadways. Sharp curves, unmarked signs, broken or cracked pavement, snow and ice, and other hazards can all increase the risk of a rollover accident. If several rollovers occur in the same stretch of roadway, it's possible that the road itself poses an unreasonable risk of danger to area drivers.
If you've been injured in a rollover accident, you have the right to seek compensation from any parties whose negligence caused your injuries. Compensation typically covers losses like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In our many years of experience assisting clients who have been injured in accidents, the Bellevue personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have seen how catastrophic a rollover crash can be. That's why we're dedicated to fighting for the compensation our clients need, so that they can focus on getting well. To speak to one of our experienced Bellevue rollover accident lawyers today, contact our office at (888) 228-3860.
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