Rollover accidents can lead to traumatic, life-altering injuries to drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Knoxville car accident lawyer Mark C. Hartsoe can help you if you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident. Mr. Hartsoe is an experienced car accident attorney with a record for helping Tennesseans get compensation for their accident-related injuries. With his counseling and dedication to client service, Mr. Hartsoe can provide the legal guidance you need in your rollover accident case. Call us today to see how we can help you.Rollover Accidents in the U.S.
Rollover accidents can result in some of the most serious car accident injuries. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 20 percent of rollover crashes in 2011 were fatal. Light trucks are more likely to be in rollover accidents than passenger cars. Because of their size, light trucks, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and vans, carry heavier loads and are harder for a driver to control. Their size also factors into the severity of the injuries, including a higher incidence of death when they are involved in rollover collisions.
In an effort to save lives, the NHTSA issued a federal safety regulation in 2007 to help prevent rollover accidents. The NHTSA required car manufacturers to outfit electronic safety control (ESC) on all light-duty trucks and passenger vehicles on or after September 1, 2011. According the NHTSA, the implementation progressively saved more lives each year from 2008 to 2010.
While the government is taking steps to help reduce rollover accidents, these accidents still happen, and the injuries they cause remain among the most severe. A person injured in a rollover accident can hold a negligent party responsible for their injuries.Liability, Compensation & Recovery for Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents can be the result of another motorist’s careless driving. In Tennessee, drivers are required to exercise care when they operate their vehicle. Speeding, distracted driving, and other unsafe driving behavior can lead to car crashes that devastate not only those injured in the accident, but their families as well. A driver can lose control of a vehicle if they are not paying attention to how they drive, especially in the case of an SUV or truck, which can be difficult to control or stabilize. This can cause rollover accidents and serious injury to other drivers and passengers on the road.
In some cases, the vehicle itself may cause an injury. For instance, a mechanical malfunction such as a brake failure can cause a rollover accident. A product manufacturer has a duty of care to anyone that could reasonably be expected to use its products. This includes both motorists and passengers in a car. If a defect in the car caused the accident, or if the injuries could have been prevented or minimized, a car manufacturer can potentially be held responsible.
If you were hurt in a rollover accident, you can seek to hold the negligent party liable. A careless driver or irresponsible car manufacturer can be held accountable for your injuries. You may be able to recover for your physical injuries, including medical costs, lost income, and any long-term care, as well as your pain and suffering. You may also recover for your property loss or damage. Further, if a loved one died in a rollover accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death suit in Tennessee.Personal Injury Lawyer Fighting for You
Knoxville personal injury attorney Mark C. Hartsoe is prepared to help you in your rollover accident case. Mr. Hartsoe has spent decades helping clients recover for their personal injuries in car accidents. He will gather evidence from the accident scene, consult with experts, and work with the police and witnesses to support your claim. Call us today at (865) 524-5657 or contact us online for a free consultation.