Shreveport Rollover Accident Lawyer
Experienced Shreveport-Bossier City Auto Accident Attorneys Helping Victims of Vehicle Rollovers
A rollover is one of the most serious types of car accidents that can happen, frequently ending in catastrophic injury or death to the vehicle occupants. Rollovers don’t happen very often compared to other kinds of crashes, but they still happen several thousands of times every year. While rollovers may only account for approximately three percent of total car accidents, they make up about 29% of annual traffic fatalities.
A rollover accident is a complex event that could happen for many different reasons. Understanding how and why rollover crashes occur is key to determining whether another driver, the vehicle manufacturer, a tire reseller, a road construction crew, or some other party is responsible for the wreck. At Rice & Kendig, our seasoned Shreveport-Bossier City car accident lawyers put over 40 years of experience handling Louisiana auto accident claims to bear in figuring out how the crash occurred, who is to blame, and helping accident victims and their families get the compensation they need to deal with their injuries, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other legal damages.
How Do Rollover Accidents Happen?
Any time a vehicle tips over on its side or the roof, whether as the result of a collision with another vehicle or fixed object or a lane departure accident, that crash is classified as a rollover. A head-on collision is twice as likely to cause a rollover than a side-impact or T-bone crash; rollovers rarely happen as a result of a rear-end collision.
Although any car can roll over, SUVs are more likely than other vehicles to rollover due to their high center of gravity and narrow wheelbase. If a vehicle is negligently designed to make rollovers more likely when safer design options were available, the injury victim might have an automotive product liability claim against the manufacturer. A jackknifed tractor-trailer can also rollover at high speeds, potentially causing a multi-vehicle disaster on the highway.
Other possible causes of rollover accidents include roads that are negligently designed or constructed with unreasonably steep curves or sharp turns and a lack of warning signs or lower speed limits. Defects in the road such as potholes or sand and gravel from road construction can also cause a car’s tires to lose traction, leading to a loss of driver control and a possible rollover. Mechanics and tire shops that put the wrong tires on a vehicle, such as high-performance tires or tires unsuited for the region’s climate, can increase the likelihood the tires will grip the road too tightly and cause a rollover that would otherwise not have happened.
Rollover Accidents Are Among the Most Serious and Deadly
As noted earlier, rollover crashes end in a fatality at a much higher rate than other car wrecks. Nonfatal rollovers are also more likely to result in catastrophic injuries such as brain injury or spinal injury, especially if the rollover involved a roof crush or seatback failure. The seasoned Shreveport-Bossier City personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Rice & Kendig apply 40 years of injury litigation and settlement experience toward making sure you are adequately compensated for your medical costs and other damages after a rollover crash, no matter how severe.
Compassionate, Dedicated and Effective Assistance After a Rollover Car Accident in Shreveport-Bossier City or North Louisiana
The car accident attorneys at Rice & Kendig have decades of experience investigating the causes of serious crashes and holding the responsible parties accountable to injury victims for their negligence. If you’ve been hurt in a rollover accident in Shreveport-Bossier City or North Louisiana, of if you’ve lost a loved one in a rollover or other tragic crash, let us help you get financial assistance with your medical and other needs through a settlement or jury verdict that fully compensates you for your loss and the harm done to you. Call our office in Shreveport-Bossier City at 318-222-2772 or reach us toll-free throughout North Louisiana at 888-374-7423 for a free consultation.