What to Do after a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents are different from other car wrecks. Often, they involve only one vehicle. However, rollover car accident injuries can be more serious than those inflicted when 2 vehicles collide.
A rollover accident can cause life-changing injuries and sometimes even death.
If you’ve been involved in a rollover accident, contact Denver Trial Lawyers ® today. We’ll swing into action to determine whether you can bring a claim for compensation.
First Steps after a Rollover Accident
At the scene of the accident, you should make sure you get medical care for all people involved in the crash. This includes anyone injured in your vehicle or in another vehicle. If necessary, call emergency services.
Also, try to document the accident as best as you can. You can take pictures of the vehicle and any skid marks on the road. If another car struck you, get photographs of the damage to that vehicle.
Also, call the police. An officer should write a police report that contains important information, like the identification of witnesses. Insurers like to see police reports, so you should get a copy or ask for the report number so you can obtain a copy later.
If you were not obviously injured, you should still go to the hospital or meet with your doctor. Rollover car accident injuries sometimes take a day or two to manifest.
Identify the Cause of the Accident
You might be able to bring a claim for compensation depending on what caused the accident. For example, another vehicle might have run you off the road, causing your car to “trip” on a curb or guardrail, flipping you over. Alternately, your car could have been forced onto a soft shoulder, which can also cause a rollover accident.
In other situations, driver error could have caused the rollover accident. For example, the driver could have taken a turn too fast while going downhill. This can lead to a rollover, and injured passengers can sue the driver of the vehicle for being careless.
In other situations, a defect on your car could have caused a rollover. For example, defective tires could have impaired the vehicle’s stability. Alternately, a road defect might have contributed to an accident, as when there is a giant pothole that causes instability or construction debris left in a work zone.
Identifying what caused the accident is central because you can’t sue someone unless they were to blame.
Meet with an Attorney
A lawyer can help you think through liability issues. You might have no idea what caused the accident, but a lawyer could employ an expert witness to review the facts. Your attorney will also help negotiate a settlement and file a lawsuit, if necessary, to protect your rights.
Surviving a rollover car accident is only half the battle. You also need compensation for your injuries. At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, we will identify the correct person or entity to sue for compensation. Send us a message today to schedule a free consultation.