Dallas Rollover Crashes Lawyer
Rollover accidents are some of the deadliest crashes in Dallas, especially when they involve large vehicles like semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. A single rollover can affect multiple lives at one time, and fatalities are common. If you or a loved one were involved in a rollover accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Dallas rollover crashes lawyer right away.
You do not have to handle the aftermath of this type of accident alone. In fact, your rights are much better protected if you have a trusted and experienced lawyer on your side. That’s what our Dallas car accident law firm can provide for you. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.
Contact us today to discuss the details of your accident and how we can help you build a strong case for compensation. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case, so there is no risk of getting started whenever you’re ready. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to start the process with a FREE consultation.
Common Causes of Rollover Crashes in Dallas
Truck drivers should undergo in-depth training before being allowed to operate the vehicles on Dallas roads. However, that doesn’t mean they never get into accidents — and there are some actions that make commercial drivers especially prone to causing rollover crashes.
Here are some situations that commonly lead to rollover accidents.
Rollover accidents can happen when a truck is driving well above the posted speed limit. Or, the driver might be traveling too fast for current road conditions. Truck drivers are often under strict deadlines to move shipments within a short period of time, so they are more likely to speed to reach their destination sooner.
Although we can sympathize with pressure to meet a deadline, the truth is that speeding is never worth the potential cost. A truck driver has a responsibility to everyone else on the road when they operate such a huge vehicle. Speeding is incredibly negligent behavior that can cause catastrophic damage during a rollover crash.
Overloaded or Improperly-Loaded Cargo
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), large trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If a truck’s cargo is too heavy or has not been loaded or secured properly, it can lead to a serious accident. Top-heavy vehicles like large trucks are already more prone to rollovers, so too much cargo just contributes to the risk.
Because of their weights, trucks need more time to accelerate, slow down, and stop. They also have larger blind spots that make it difficult to see other drivers approaching. All of these factors can increase the risk of terrible rollover accidents.
Sharp Turns or Curves
Any vehicle that makes too sharp of a turn or goes around a curve too quickly can roll over and cause an accident. This is especially likely when the vehicle is a large truck. The rollover accident might happen because the driver is not driving carefully enough, but the trucking company or manufacturer can also be found at fault in some situations.
Rollover Accident Facts
Besides large trucks, rollovers are also more common in vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and vans. (That being said, a rollover accident can happen to any vehicle, no matter the size or weight.)
Other facts about rollovers include:
- Nearly three-fourths of rollover accidents that resulted in deaths occurred in areas where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
- Almost 50% of rollover accidents involved alcohol use.
- Nearly 85% of fatal rollover accidents involve only one vehicle.
- Out of all fatal single-vehicle rollover crashes, over 90% of them happened while the driver was performing a normal driving action.
Types of Rollover Accidents in Dallas
A rollover accident can be either tripped or untripped.
Tripped rollover accidents, which happen when a vehicle lifts up on one side, slides, and collides with an object, make up the majority of rollovers. The object can be soft soil, a curb, or some other object that causes the vehicle to “trip” and roll over.
Untripped rollover accidents do not happen nearly as often as tripped rollovers. Instead of tripping over an object or soil, the vehicle flips over without another object. This type of rollover crash often happens because of the vehicle’s top-heaviness and because the driver is excessively speeding and/or begins swerving.
Any type of rollover accident — whether it is tripped or untripped — can lead to serious consequences. If you were the victim of a rollover accident in Dallas, don’t wait to get legal assistance. For a FREE consultation to discuss your options with a Dallas rollover crashes lawyer, call (214) 305-8277 or reach out through one of our online forms today.
Proving Liability in a Dallas Rollover Accident
Before you can pursue compensation for your accident damages, you will need to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. An experienced lawyer can help:
- Determine exactly who was at fault for the accident
- Gather evidence to show what happened and how
- Calculate the full value of your economic and non-economic damages
- File a strong personal injury claim with the insurance company
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement
- Help you file a lawsuit (if it becomes necessary — although this is rare)
If a truck driver caused the rollover crash that injured you or your loved one, they might be fully at fault for the accident — or their employer might be fully or partially at fault. In rare circumstances, a manufacturer, maintenance company, and/or third-party driver might also be at fault. Your lawyer can investigate and get the facts so you know exactly where to turn to seek compensation.
Get a Free Consultation with a Dallas Rollover Crashes Lawyer Today
Rollover crashes are complicated and incredibly dangerous. Don’t try to handle your case alone without speaking to a lawyer first. Our Dallas car accident lawyers have helped many victims of rollover accidents in the Dallas area — and we are here to help you, too.
We do not charge a fee unless we win you compensation, so there is no risk to you. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today to get started with a FREE consultation and case evaluation.