If you or a loved one has suffered a devastating injury or lost their life due to a driver’s negligence in causing a rollover accident, the Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help you determine your legal options.
Car Crash Attorneys Assisting Injured Port St. Lucie Residents
Victims of rollover accidents are more likely to suffer significant and permanent injuries than people involved in other types of collisions. Because of the severity of impact, these accidents also present a higher likelihood of fatalities. Although rollover accidents are many times associated with SUVs, other automobiles are also susceptible to rolling over during a crash. The Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston help victims injured in rollover accidents pursue proper legal action against those responsible for their harm.
Our firm offers compassionate and dedicated legal advocacy for victims, as well as families who have lost loved ones due to a devastating collision. We understand that the aftermath of an accident is often an emotional time for victims, who need to focus on healing. As a result, our attorneys take on the full task of making sure that victims’ legal rights are protected and zealously advanced. If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one, in a rollover crash, contact our office today to learn more about how we can help.
Florida Rollover Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
There are many factors that can cause a vehicle to roll over during an accident. Speed can be an issue, as well as a sharp turn. Road conditions can also play a part in rollover accidents, such as if a wheel catches a deep pothole or curb at the wrong angle. A rollover accident happens when a driver loses control of a vehicle, causing it to roll over after they try to over-correct an action. These collisions can result in drivers and passengers being ejected from a vehicle, often accompanied by serious injuries such as brain trauma or spinal cord damage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010, although rollover accidents only made up two percent of all collisions, they also resulted in 35 percent of all fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. When a rollover accident is caused by another party’s negligence, an injury attorney can help victims pursue action against that party in a personal injury lawsuit.
Rollover crashes leave victims with more life-altering injuries than other types of collisions. Additionally, the potential for these injuries to be fatal is much higher in these kinds of accidents. Victims, or loved ones left behind, may be able to receive financial compensation from those responsible for their harm by filing either a personal injury case or a wrongful death claim. Both types of lawsuits require a plaintiff to show that a defendant acted negligently. Negligence exists when an individual has breached the duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would if confronted with the same or similar circumstances, causing another person’s injuries as well as damages. For instance, a driver who takes a sharp corner at a high speed, causing the vehicle to roll over and eject an occupant, may be found negligent and responsible for the injuries sustained by the occupant. Victims may be awarded compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering, depending on the severity of their injuries. In a wrongful death claim, family members can receive damages based on funeral or burial expenses, medical costs, and loss of consortium or support.