Rollover accidents involving cars and SUVs can result in severe injuries, often causing long-term physical and emotional trauma. Furthermore, the driver whose vehicle rolls over may not always be at fault for the accident.
If you’re a rollover accident victim, whether in a vehicle that rolled or in another vehicle that was struck by a rolling vehicle, and believe someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. Fieger Law specializes in helping auto accident victims navigate their crash’s aftermath and pursue compensation for their injuries and other accident-related costs.
Rollover Crash Statistics in Michigan
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30% of all fatalities in passenger vehicles were caused by rollover crashes in 2020. Vehicles with the highest rollover fatality percentages were SUVs (42%), pick-up trucks (41%), vans (23%), and passenger cars (22%).
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, our car accident attorneys can review your case, help you understand your rights, and seek fair compensation.
Causes of Rollovers
Rollover accidents in cars and SUVs happen for many reasons, often involving vehicle design, road conditions, and driver behavior. Common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Excessive speeding: Driving at high speeds reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or obstacles, increasing the risk of rollovers.
- Sharp turns or sudden maneuvers: Making a sharp turn or abrupt lane change can destabilize a vehicle, leading to a rollover, especially in SUVs with a higher center of gravity.
- Driver distraction or impairment: Distracted or impaired driving reduces reaction times and awareness, making rollovers more likely.
- Poor road conditions: Icy, wet, or uneven surfaces can cause a vehicle to skid or lose control, increasing the risk of a rollover.
- Vehicle design flaws: Some vehicles, particularly those that are top-heavy like SUVs, are more susceptible to rollovers due to their design.
- Tire blowouts or defects: A sudden tire blowout or defect can cause the driver to lose control, leading to a rollover.
- Collision with another vehicle or object: An impact with another vehicle or a stationary object, like a guardrail, can trigger a rollover, depending on the force and angle of the collision.
If you were involved in a rollover accident, contact Fieger Law’s Michigan car accident lawyers. We can help you investigate the incident and determine the cause of your crash.
Who is Liable in a Rollover Accident?
If you were involved in a rollover crash, one or multiple parties may be responsible for any injuries or damage to your vehicle:
- Another driver: If another driver engages in negligent, reckless, or dangerous driving and it causes your rollover—or if another vehicle rolls and collides with yours—that driver may be liable. This can include distracted driving, driving under the influence, fatigue, or general inattention.
- Local governments: Rollover crashes may be caused by damaged or improperly maintained roads. Potholes, cracks, and debris can upset your vehicle and cause you to lose control and roll over, especially when driving a vehicle with a high center of gravity, such as an SUV. You may be able to hold local government entities responsible for maintaining the roads liable if road defects cause your crash.
- Tire and auto manufacturers: A rollover accident can happen due to a malfunctioning auto part or defective tire. Components such as tires, brakes, suspensions, steering systems, or electronic assistance (ABS, traction control) can fail, have defects, or be faulty. In this case, you could seek compensation from the car or tire manufacturer for your damages.
Your Legal Options After a Rollover Accident
After reviewing the facts of your rollover crash and determining who is at fault, the car accident attorneys at Fieger Law can provide expert legal advice. We can help you explore legal options after a rollover crash, including:
- Filing a claim with your own insurance policy: In Michigan, every driver is required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage to pay for medical bills and lost wages in an auto accident. We can help you file a PIP claim to receive coverage up to your policy limits after a rollover crash, regardless of who was at fault.
- Third-party liability claims: If another person or party, such as another driver, is responsible for your rollover crash, you may be able to file a third-party liability claim. This can help you recover compensation beyond your PIP coverage, including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
- Product liability lawsuit. If a defective auto part caused your rollover crash, we can help you file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or product distributor for full compensation.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
Fieger Law has a strong record of recovering compensation for auto accident victims across the U.S. We have helped fellow victims recover millions in damages and can use our experience and legal skills to help get you a fair settlement as well.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We can help you determine if you have a case and help you hold the responsible parties accountable.