Rollover accidents are some of the most frightening accidents to be involved in and involve a car that completely flips over, sometimes multiple times. These accidents often cause the most severe injuries due to the dramatic impact to the car and the loss of control the driver experiences at the moment of impact. If you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident in Virginia, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible driver. Reach out to a dedicated Richmond rollover accident lawyer at Christina Pendleton & Associates as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has performed several studies into the causes of rollover accidents and the various percentages for each type. The majority of rollover accidents occur in vehicles which are top heavy, such as SUVs, trucks, vans, and jeeps. While car manufacturers have worked hard to correct this flaw in these vehicles, they still remain more at risk for rollover accidents. Nearly half of all rollover accidents throughout the country involve alcohol impairment, while at least 40% of all rollover accidents involve excessive speed.
Rollover accidents often occur when a car overcorrects itself, runs into a stationary object such as the guardrail, or attempts to turn at a high rate of speed. While many rollover accidents involve only one vehicle, the majority are multiple vehicle accidents where the impact or near impact of one vehicle causes the other to overcorrect or run into a stationary object. The aftermath of a rollover accident is frightening to witness and often involves multiple injuries.
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After a rollover accident, the victim is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party. The insurance company will often try to negotiate a settlement shortly after the accident, with no qualms about contacting victims in a hospital room. While a settlement offer may appear enticing on its face, especially with the guarantee of an immediate payout, keep in mind that insurance companies are in the business of making money. The insurance company will not adequately calculate all the damages you are entitled to receive, but will only cover the immediate expenses such as hospital bills and car damage. Insurance companies will not take into account any lost wages, rehabilitation costs, future earning loss, or emotional distress. An injury claim filed by an accomplished Richmond car accident lawyer will take all these factors into account and will further establish the fault of the accident.
However, Virginia is a contributory negligence state, meaning that even if the victim was only 5 percent at fault, the claim for damages could fail. Virginia is one of the harshest states in this regard for a personal injury case. An experienced Richmond rollover accident attorney will assist you in reviewing the facts of your claim to ensure that you may receive damages for your injuries.
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Christina Pendleton & Associates | Richmond, VA Rollover Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a rollover accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Richmond personal injury law firm of Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our lawyers have years of experience in handling rollover accident cases and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for your initial free case evaluation.
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