Rollover accidents in Arizona are not as common as rear-end collisions or intersection accidents, but when they occur, they tend to cause devastating injuries.
Rollovers often to occur at high speeds, so it isn’t surprising that recent reports of rollover accidents near Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe involved drivers on I-10, I-17, US-60, Route 87, and Route 202. However, even a collision at a moderate speed can cause a rollover. For example, a T-bone collision that pushes a vehicle off the road or into a guardrail can trigger a rollover. For that reason, rollover accidents can occur on nearly any road in the Phoenix area.
Causes of Arizona Rollover Accidents
Sometimes a rollover accident is the fault of the driver of the vehicle that rolls over. Some SUVs and other vehicles are prone to rolling over when the driver hits a curb at a high speed or takes a corner too quickly. In those cases, the Arizona rollover accident attorneys at Pew Law Center can help an injured passenger (and anyone injured by the rolling vehicle) pursue compensation from the driver’s insurance company.
Collisions caused by negligent drivers can also cause a rollover. That’s most likely to happen when the vehicle that is struck has a high center of gravity. “Top heavy” vehicles, including SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks, are often prone to rolling over, particularly when they are struck in a T-bone collision.
In addition to T-bone collisions, a “sideswipe” can cause rollovers. A sideswipe may force a vehicle into soft soil on the side of the road. Rollovers occur as the vehicle digs its tires into the soft soil, while the tires that are still gripping the road surface create momentum that contributes to the rollover.
Sideswipes or rear-end collisions can also cause rollovers by pushing a car into the end of a guardrail. The car travels along the guardrail as it were a ramp until the car become airborne and rolls over.
The relative size of colliding vehicles is also a factor in Arizona rollover accidents. A car is more likely to roll over when it is struck by a heavy truck than when it is struck by a car of similar size and weight.
Roads built on a slope are also a factor in rollovers. For example, if a collision causes a vehicle to turn sideways, a rollover is more likely to occur if the road is on a steep hill.
Paradoxically, tires that grip the road well also contribute to the rollover of a vehicle that has been T-boned or sideswiped. A strong grip on the road prevents the vehicle from sliding sideways and contributes to its likelihood of tipping.
When a vehicle occupant is injured in a rollover caused by another person, a rollover accident lawyer in Arizona can help the occupant obtain compensation. The lawyers at Pew Law Center understand how to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable when they cause rollovers that injure their own passengers or occupants of other vehicles.
Arizona Rollover Injuries
Rollovers cause serious injuries because vehicle occupants often have little protection when the vehicle rolls. Occupants are protected by airbags in front-end collisions, but few cars have airbags that provide effective protection when a car rolls over. Devastating injuries occur in a rollover when occupants are sandwiched inside a vehicle as the roof collapses. Occupants may also be ejected from a rolling vehicle as seatbelts (and even seats) are torn loose from the vehicle.
Crush injuries in a rollover are often fatal. Emergency crews may be unable to extract injury victims from a vehicle that has been severely damaged in a rollover. By the time “jaws of life” equipment is transported to the scene, occupants may die from organ injuries or internal bleeding. Occupants who survive may need emergency surgery and might live with permanent impairments associated with organ damage.
Head injuries occur when roofs collapse or when vehicle occupants are ejected from rolling vehicles. A head injury can be fatal when it leads to bleeding or swelling inside the skull.
Traumatic brain injuries are life-changing events for occupants who survive a rollover. Brain damage can cause learning impairments, memory loss, speech impairments, loss of coordination, personality changes, and other disabling conditions.
Amputations occur in rollovers when jagged metal slices through the accident victim’s limbs, or when limbs are crushed as the interior of the car compresses. The loss of feet or legs is a common result of a rollover.
Jagged metal can also cause puncture wounds and lacerations. Broken glass and shards of metal can cause eye injuries and facial scarring.
Spinal injuries often accompany an ejection, leading to full or partial paralysis. Occupants who survive an ejection from a vehicle are likely to have broken bones in addition to some combination of the injuries listed above.
Soft tissue injuries are usually less serious, but they can plague an accident victim for a lifetime, particularly when they are caused by a violent accident. Torn or stretched muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as damage to nerves and cartilage, can produce a lifetime of pain.
Compensation for Arizona Rollover Injuries
The Arizona rollover injury lawyers at Pew Law Center are devoted to securing fair compensation for victims of rollover accidents. While compensation is sometimes limited by the negligent driver’s insurance coverage, owners of the heavy vehicles that are most likely to cause rollovers usually carry substantial insurance.
Compensation for a catastrophic injury must insure that the injury victim is able to cope with a disability for his or her remaining lifetime. Assisted living care, a wheelchair-accessible van, and vocational rehabilitation are among the costs that might need to be paid by the settlement of a catastrophic injury.
Regardless of the severity of the injury, an insurance settlement should pay the victim’s medical expenses as well as the anticipated expense of future surgeries, physical therapy, and pain medications. Compensation for wage loss caused by the injury, as well as a loss of earning ability, must also be factored into the settlement.
Injured In A Rollover Accident? We’re Here To Help
Finally, while no amount of compensation can make pain go away, a financial settlement can reduce suffering by providing funds that can improve the quality of the accident victim’s life. The rollover accident lawyers at Arizona’s Pew Law Center have years of experience computing the appropriate compensation for the pain and suffering that accompanies personal injuries.
If you have been injured, or if a family member has been killed, in an Arizona rollover accident, the Pew Law Center can help. To make an appointment for a free initial consultation, call us at (480) 745-1770.