Rollover Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Rollover accidents are rare but they can be some of the deadliest. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rollovers accounted for almost 33 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.

If you or a loved one suffered severe or fatal injuries in a rollover, you may be entitled to compensation. Insurance claims and injury lawsuits are difficult enough to deal with when you are not dealing with an injury or a loss. Do not try to handle it alone. A Fort Lauderdale rollover accident lawyer at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Why are rollover accidents so dangerous?

Because the cars in these types of accidents often roll multiple times, the impact can throw passengers around or even eject them from the vehicle. As a result, the injuries are often severe. Some common injuries caused by rollover crashes include:

  • Severe neck and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Crushing injuries
  • Death

Why do rollover accidents happen?

Many rollover accidents involve one car. They can occur if the driver was:

  • Not paying attention/distracted
  • Speeding, especially while turning
  • Drinking and driving
  • Driving while fatigued

If you caused the rollover accident to occur, you can recover compensation through your own no-fault insurance policy.

No-Fault Insurance in Florida

Every driver in Florida must have at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This insurance will cover you regardless of whether you caused the accident. It will pay 80 percent of all necessary medical bills, 60 percent of any lost wages, and $5,000 in death benefits if the victim of the accident died.

This will help you make ends meet while you are out of work, but it is often not enough.

If you can prove someone else was responsible for your accident and you suffered permanent injuries, you will be able to file an insurance claim against that party. You may also be able to sue manufacturers and governmental entities for their role in the accident.

From whom can I recover compensation?

Victims of rollover crashes may be able to obtain financial recovery from anyone responsible for their injuries. However, determining who is liable in this type of accident can be difficult.

In some cases, multiple parties will be liable for what happened. Your attorney will help investigate your claim and determine who you should file against. Possible liable parties include:

Negligent Drivers

If another driver caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation from him or her. To recover, you must prove the following elements of negligence:

  • Duty: The other party owed you a duty of care. This is often the easiest to prove. All drivers must follow the rules of the road and keep other road users from undue harm.
  • Breach of Duty: The other driver must have breached this duty. For example, the driver was texting and swerved into your lane and hit you, causing your car to roll.
  • Causation: The driver’s negligent actions must have been responsible for the injuries you incurred. You can prove this by establishing that the accident would not have occurred but for his actions and that the harm caused was a reasonably foreseeable result of the driver’s actions.
  • Damages: You suffered damages in the accident (e.g., medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.)

If you are able to prove the other driver was negligent, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party.

Negligent Government Entities

Sometimes, another driver was not the cause of your accident. In some cases, it might have been the result of hazardous road conditions. If you can prove that a dangerous road condition caused your rollover, you may be able to recover compensation from the entity in charge of the road’s maintenance.

Filing against a government entity is not like filing a normal accident claim. There are separate rules, different time limits, and more requirements you must meet. Our attorneys have handled countless cases against the city and state. We can walk you through the process and ensure you meet all deadlines and follow all procedures.

Product Liability

Your rollover accident may also have been the result of a defect in your vehicle. For example, a rollover can be the result of a tire blowout. If your tire blew out and caused you serious injury in a rollover accident, you may have a product liability case against the manufacturer of your vehicle or parts of your vehicle.

In some cases, multiple parties cause a rollover accident. Our attorneys will examine your case and identity all liable parties and each party’s percentage of fault for your rollover.

What evidence do I need?

As with any accident case, you need evidence. The evidence you will need varies based on the party that caused your accident. For example, if another driver caused your accident, you will likely need a police report, eyewitness testimony, photos, and surveillance video.

If a negligent government entity caused your accident, you will likely need evidence to prove the entity knew of the dangerous condition and did not fix it, photos, surveillance video, and eyewitness testimony.

If your accident resulted from a defective part, you will likely need the defective part itself, proof that you did not alter it in any way, and proof of your injuries from the product.

Determining the necessary evidence, filing a claim on time, and doing everything by the book can be difficult for someone with no legal experience. Our team will walk you through the process and ensure you do not make any mistakes that could reduce your settlement or jeopardize your case.

You Can Recover Damages After a Rollover Accident

If you have been involved in a rollover accident, you may be suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. If your claim or lawsuit is successful, you can receive damages to cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of affection and companionship

No amount of money can erase the traumatic experience you have just gone through. However, financial support can be the key to moving forward with your life post-accident.

The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. have helped numerous Florida residents recover damages after motor vehicle accidents. For more information on how our staff can help you, please call 954-524-2820 for a free consultation.