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Who is responsible for a rollover accident?

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When an accident involves at least one rolled or flipped vehicle it is considered a rollover accidents. Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and victims typically do not walk away unscathed. There are several parties who may be liable for damages in a rollover accident. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in a rollover accident, contact an experienced Westchester County Truck Accident lawyer who can help investigate the circumstances of the accident. Allow our firm to help you seek the justice you deserve.

What is a rollover accident?

Essentially, a rollover accident occurs when a vehicle, most commonly a truck or SUV, tips on its side or roof in a collision. Sometimes the forceful impact of a crash can cause a vehicle to roll once or multiple times. This could cause victims to sustain catastrophic injuries that could negatively affect their lives.

Who could be held liable for this type of accident?

There are several parties who could be held liable for a rollover accident. The following parties may be liable:

  • Motorist in the flipped vehicle. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, the driver of the flipped vehicle could be held responsible if the accident was a result of their driver error. Essentially, if they were distracted, speeding, or recklessly driving it could lead to a rollover collision. If a driver makes a sharp turn without properly decelerating, it could cause the vehicle to roll. Additionally, if a truck is overloaded with cargo, the disproportion of weight could cause a motorist to lose control of the vehicle when making a turn. This could cause the vehicle to roll or flip entirely. If the motorist of the rolled over vehicle negligently caused the collision, they will be responsible for damages.
  • Another motorist. If another motorist’s negligent actions cause an accident where a vehicle rolls or flips, they will be liable for damages. In some cases, another motorist on the road may cause a driver to swerve which could cause them to roll or flip over.
  • Manufacturer of the flipped vehicle. Sometimes the cause of an accident can be attributed to the manufacturer of the vehicle that was flipped. In certain cases, there could be manufacturing defects that cause a vehicle to roll or flip. If this is the case, the manufacturer would be responsible and the motorist of the flipped vehicle could file a product liability claim.

Unfortunately, driver error, negligence, and manufacturing defects could cause a rollover accident to occur on the road. These types of accidents result in significant and devastating injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rollover accident, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our dedicated team members. It is imperative for victims of rollover accidents to acquire the right legal representation as a skilled lawyer can help investigate the circumstances of the accident as well as gather pertinent evidence proving the accident was a direct cause of another party’s negligent actions. Our firm is committed to helping our clients recover reasonable monetary compensation for their damages.