When people go to pick out cars safety is usually at the top of their list of things to consider when purchasing. Car safety involves the ability to maneuver in rough weather, hardy frame to absorb blows, and ability to stay on all fours instead of rolling over. Many are of the mind that the bigger the car the safer the driver, but that isn’t always the case. Our Pittsburgh motor vehicle accident lawyers at SM&A Law Group has represented clients who have been terribly injured due to a vehicle accident that resulted in rolling over. Because the vehicle actually turns you upside down, if you are not in a seat belt then your injuries increase greatly.
Rollover accidents used to be few and far between. Nowadays they are increasing. For example, in 2010 rollover accidents accounted for 2% of all accidents. Yet, of that 2%, nearly 35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle were the result of rollover accidents. In 2016, the number of rollover accidents increased by 15%. The deaths from rollover accidents were around 40%; only slightly higher than 35% in 2010. Maybe the reduction in death is due to safer cars or more people wearing their seatbelt. Regardless of the stagnant death toll, rollovers are still super dangerous.
What To Expect
On a Friday night at 10:30 pm, a truck struck a parked car causing the truck to roll over and land on its roof. Three juveniles were driving the truck. The parked car did not have any occupants. The driver left the scene leaving the female passenger stuck in the rolled over the vehicle until EMTs were able to extricate her. There was no mention of the third occupant. Each person was lucky to have survived such an incident. Common injuries with rollover accidents include:
- Neck Injury: the neck is most vulnerable because if you are not wearing your seat belt and roll over, you are more likely to fall onto your neck.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: the sheer force of rolling and hitting your head can slam your brain against your skull causing swelling and bleeding.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Soft Tissue Bruises
- Internal Bleeding
- Lacerations and Bruising
These kinds of injuries take time for recovery. Time for recovery translates to losing income, increase medical bills, increase in all bills, and potentially losing your job. You do not deserve the fate of poverty because someone acted negligently resulting in a rollover accident. Do not feel as if you are not worthy of full compensation because an insurance company said there is nothing more they can do. We are here to tell you that there is more and with our help, you can have it all.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to a motor vehicle accident, call 412-765-3345 or click here to schedule a free case evaluation with our professional attorneys at SM&A Law Group in Pittsburgh today. Choosing us is the difference between getting some bills paid and getting all the bills paid.