San Antonio Rollover Accident Attorneys
Rollover accidents are scary, dangerous, and can leave victims with lasting physical injuries and emotional scars. In any rollover accident, the impact can be significant and immediate, from the emergency treatment of injuries to hospitalization and sky-high medical bills to the costs of missing work for weeks, months, or longer. However, when an 18-wheeler or other large truck is involved in a rollover crash, the fallout can be even worse.
When you experience physical, emotional, and financial stress all at the same time, your world can feel like it is crumbling around you. If your suffering is due to a rollover accident that was caused by a negligent driver or trucking company, you need the help of an experienced truck rollover accident attorney who will fight for the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Call Ketterman Rowland & Westlund for help today. Our powerful team of trial attorneys will review your legal options and handle all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. Not only is your initial consultation with us free, but you will not pay any legal fees unless you receive a satisfactory settlement or favorable verdict in your rollover truck accident case. Call us today at (855) 569-7767 to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team.
Common Types of Rollover Accidents
Truck rollover accidents can be separated into four main categories:
- Turns: A truck that turns too sharply or too quickly at a high rate of speed has a high probability of rollover. It essentially loses its grip on the road and flips over.
- Ramps: A “ramp” rollover accident occurs when the surface of the ground causes the tires of an 18-wheeler to be uneven, with one or more of the tires lifted above the others. This is most common when one side of a vehicle goes up on a curb or other type of incline at a high rate of speed. Because trucks are not meant to maneuver suddenly while partially elevated, the inertia of the initial lift can continue to move the vehicle into a rollover.
- Skids: When a semi-truck’s brakes and tires lock up, it can skid out of control. This turning motion, combined with either an impact or continued centrifugal force, can cause a roll. These accidents most frequently occur during a quick maneuver from a driver due to adverse road conditions, including slick pavement caused by rain, ice, roadway residue, or spills. Overly worn tires with bare treads can also contribute to skids.
- Spins: Spins can be initiated by skids, and they involve commercial motor vehicles affected by any number of factors that cause the vehicle to move in a circular motion. The weight and inertia of the spin can ultimately cause a truck rollover, as well as if the truck hits an obstacle when it is spinning out of control.
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, our skilled legal team will conduct a complete investigation of your accident. We want to fully understand the circumstances that brought about the rollover that caused your injuries and make sure your claim is presented with persuasive evidence.
Why Rollover Accidents Happen
Rollover accidents involving large trucks are most often the result of driver negligence but can be due to the combination of:
- Tire Failure: Tire failures on trucks can cause rollovers in a number of ways. When tires are too worn, it means they have lost their tread and have become bald. This condition makes them prone to skids and spins on all surfaces, especially wet or icy roads. Worn or poorly maintained tires can also cause blowouts, which can be extremely dangerous on a large truck. Drivers, trucking companies, and maintenance companies are all responsible for making sure that a truck’s tires are well maintained and safe for the road. If they fail to repair or replace worn tires, the tires can cause dangerous accidents that lead to serious injuries. In some cases, a defective tire may cause a crash, and the tire’s manufacturer can be held liable.
- High Center of Gravity: Large trucks and other commercial vehicles have high centers of gravity. Although this provides more ground clearance, it also leads to a higher likelihood of rollovers. Driving too fast into turns can cause any vehicle with a high center of gravity to roll. When a truck driver does not take into account the vehicle’s high center of gravity and a rollover accident occurs, the result can be life-changing injuries or even death for others on the road.
- Defective Suspension: The suspension on a large commercial truck functions to keep it stable. While suspensions cannot correct for all driving errors, having a defective suspension can cause a truck to roll over. A faulty suspension will generally be one that is too rigid or has too much sway. In either case, it is often the trucking company’s and maintenance company’s responsibility to make sure that the vehicle is maintained safely. In some cases, the suspension may be poorly designed, manufactured, or improperly installed. If this is the case, you may seek compensation from the parties responsible for this defect.
- Poor Road Conditions: Adverse road conditions can contribute to accidents – we all know this. However, if a truck driver is driving recklessly or at improper speeds for the weather or road conditions they face, they can cause rollover accidents. Or if a road was poorly designed or maintained, the government or the company responsible can be held liable for damages caused.
Injuries in Rollover Accidents
Anyone involved in an accident in which a vehicle rolls over could suffer a wide number of serious injuries. Some of the most commonly reported injuries in rollover crashes include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain impacts the skull with force that can cause swelling and other damage. The results of a TBI can vary with each individual condition, but they can include memory loss; cognitive malfunction; numbness of hands, feet and limbs; behavioral changes; paralysis; and more. TBIs are treatable but can often take some time to diagnose because the symptoms may not be immediate. If you or a loved one suffers from a concussion or other type of brain injury, get medical attention immediately.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are common in rollover accidents because victims often experience compression injuries along with impact from hard objects. Spinal cord injuries can result in full or partial paralysis.
- Loss of Limbs/Amputation: Rollovers are notorious for pinning victims underneath heavy wreckage, which can sever limbs or damage them to the extent that requires amputation.
- Organ Damage: Violent impacts, cuts, lacerations, and other factors that rollover accident victims experience can cause severe organ damage.
- Fatal Injuries: Rollover accidents can result in deadly injuries, especially when they involve a large truck and smaller passenger vehicles. If you have lost a loved one due to a rollover accident, you may be able to pursue justice by filing a wrongful death claim.
Compensation for Victims of Rollover Accidents
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a rollover accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation in the form of monetary damages. This compensation may include:
- Past, present, and future medical bill reimbursement
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earnings potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium/companionship
- Property Damage
- Other Damages
Every type of accident case can be different in terms of details and what types of damages you may be eligible to receive. At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we will review the specifics of your case and explain what to expect in your rollover accident claim.
Time Limit to File your Claim
You may have heard the term “statute of limitations.” This refers to the time limit you have to make a legal claim. In Texas, you have two years from the date of your rollover accident to file a personal injury claim. However, it is important to note that some insurance companies can have shorter claim deadlines that must be met.
You should act as soon as possible to initiate your claim for compensation after a serious accident. At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we can explain the personal injury claims process and help you decide how to proceed in your case. We will work quickly to investigate your crash, collect all the evidence, and begin building a solid case for the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Contact Our Truck Rollover Accident Attorneys Now
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a rollover truck wreck, you need the help of an experienced lawyer. Call Ketterman Rowland & Westlund for a free consultation about your accident at (855) 569-7767. Our skilled accident lawyers are ready to fight for justice on behalf of you and your family.