Rollover Accident Help in Reno, NV
Reno Car Accident Attorney
Vehicle rollover accidents are not extremely common, but they are one of the most deadly types of auto accidents. There are an estimated 10,000 fatalities per year due to rollover accidents, which is about the same amount of victims as drunk driving accidents. These types of accidents are usually single-vehicle accidents, but can sometimes involve other vehicles. Regardless of the cause, a rollover accident results in a car rolling onto its side, onto its roof or rolling multiple times. Victims of rollovers usually suffer incredibly severe and lasting injuries. Many rollover accident victims are killed. Speak with a Reno car accident attorney from Shook & Stone if you or someone you love has been involved in this type of collision. We are experienced in this area and can fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
Tripped and Untripped Auto Accidents
There are two major types of rollovers: those that are tripped and those that are untripped. "Tripping" refers to the tires of a vehicle coming into contact with an object that essentially acts as a ramp that propels the vehicle off the ground and onto its side or roof. Untripped accidents do not involve any such object. Common objects that vehicles can trip on include sidewalks, medians, debris in the road, electrical poles and road signs. The faster a vehicle is traveling at the time of the accident, the more likely the chances of rolling multiple times.
Some rollovers are not caused by tripping, but rather are caused by other factors such as sharp turns, losing control of steering and swerving to avoid an object in the road. To prevent untripped rollovers, many sections of road that have steep incline/decline or sharp turns will display signs to notify drivers to reduce their speed. Reducing your speed on these types of roads can significantly decrease your chances of becoming involved in a rollover. The vehicles that are most prone to rollover accidents are SUVs and tall trucks.
Roof Crush Injuries & Vehicle Rollovers
One type of injury that is specific to the vehicle rollover is roof crush. Just like it sounds, roof crush involves the roof of a vehicle crushing in. This typically occurs in vehicles with weak roofs that cannot support the weight of the vehicle once it has rolled over. Vehicles should be made with strong enough roofs to withstand this type of pressure, but some are not. To prevent roof crush injuries, laws were enacted to require vehicle manufacturers to build their cars with minimum roof strength. as found in 49 CFR 571.216. Unfortunately, even strong-roofed vehicles can experience roof crush, and leave the occupants with permanently debilitating injuries.
Handling Rollover Accident Claims in Reno and Carson City
Our team of Reno personal injury and car accident attorneys are familiar with these types of cases and can fight to see that you recover the maximum compensation. These accidents, especially if they are single-vehicle accidents, can often prove difficult. The insurance company may be placing the fault on you for the accident, and you might be left struggling to get the necessary medical treatment and money to repair the damage to your vehicle or replace your vehicle. These types of accidents deserve strong representation, and our team of attorneys are prepared to step in. Contact Shook & Stone today for a free evaluation of your case. We handle car accident claims in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas in Nevada.