How to Identify a Clearwater Rollover Accident That Was the Result of Negligence
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates1 that there were around 95,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks during 2013. When these accidents are the result of negligence, people who are injured can often recover compensation for their injuries and other losses by filing a personal injury claim. In many cases, uncovering evidence of negligence can require significant investigation as well as a thorough understanding of the federal and state rules and regulations that apply to the trucking industry. For this reason, victims of truck accidents should always retain a qualified Clearwater truck accident lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.
To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
What is a rollover accident?
Due to their large size and unique construction, large trucks are more susceptible to certain types of accidents to which other, smaller vehicles are not. Rollover accidents are one of these kinds of accidents, and they occur when a truck rollover onto its side or roof. Because a rollover accident involves a truck’s tires losing contact with the ground, a truck that has rolled over cannot be steered or stopped by its driver. As a result, these accidents often cause widespread injury and damage to people or property in the area in which the truck rolled over.
What kinds of negligence can cause rollover accidents?
Trucks can rollover for a number of reasons. For example, a significantly strong gust of wind that blows perpendicularly to the direction in which a truck is traveling may result in a rollover. In this type of case, injured victims would likely not be able to recover unless the truck driver knew or should have known that there was a significant risk of high winds at the time the accident occurred. If a rollover accident occurs because of a mistake or carelessness on the part of a truck driver, the trucking company, or even the party responsible for loading the cargo, however, victims may be able to file a claim to recover for their losses. Examples of the kinds of negligence that can lead to rollover accidents include the following:
- – Speeding
- – Improperly loaded cargo
- – Improperly secured cargo
- – Ignoring adverse weather conditions
- – Taking turns too fast
- – Poor vehicle maintenance
- – Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- – Improper braking
- – Unqualified drivers
- – Noncompliance with FMCSR regulations2
Because negligence is not always apparent in a rollover accident, victims should be sure to have an experienced attorney review their case shortly after an accident.
Common injuries sustained in rollover accidents
Rollover accidents have can cause a variety of serious injuries, some of which could leave victims with serious complications or even long-term disabilities. Some of the more common injuries that are sustained in rollover accidents include the following:
- – Broken bones
- – Traumatic brain injuries
- – Lacerations
- – Spinal cord injuries
- – Burns
- – Bruises
- – Dislocations
- – Crush injuries
- – Soft tissue injuries
- – Nerve injuries
After a being involved in an accident involving a large truck, victims should be sure to seek medical attention immediately, even if they do not believe that they are seriously injured. Undergoing a thorough medical evaluation will not only ensure that your injuries are properly treated, it will also generate an official record that will connect your injuries to the accident in which you were involved.
Contact a Clearwater truck accident attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation
When semi-trucks roll over, people who are in the vicinity can be seriously injured. In many instances, rollover accidents are the result of truck driver or trucking company negligence, which means that victims can often recover significant compensation for their injuries. When you retain the experienced Clearwater truck accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, you can rest assured that your claim will be fully investigated and that we will bring your case to the best resolution possible. Additionally, we take all of our truck accident cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that our clients pay nothing for legal representation unless we successfully recover compensation on their behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
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Clearwater, FL 33756