North Carolina Rollover Accident Attorneys
Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks and passenger vans are becoming more popular among families and people with hauling needs. However, many of these vehicles pose greater risks to the occupants than those of passenger cars. The accident injury law firm of Nagle & Associates focuses its personal injury and wrongful death practice on serious motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving SUV rollovers, light truck rollovers and van rollovers.
With offices in seven locations, from Raleigh to Charlotte to Winston-Salem, our team is positioned to help injured clients and families of fatal accident victims throughout North Carolina. Contact us to benefit from our experience, highly attentive service and reputation for success.
Rollover Accident Litigation: Vans ∙ Trucks ∙ SUVs
SUV and truck rollovers frequently involve some level of driver inexperience. The driver may swerve to avoid impact with another vehicle or obstacle in the road. This initial swerve or re-entering the road can cause the vehicle to fishtail or tip, leading to a rollover crash. In other instances, rollovers are initiated by a side impact collision (also referred to as a t-bone accident). In either situation, it is critical to examine the vehicle to determine what caused the vehicle to be prone to rollover.
Our North Carolina law firm is proud of our ability to promptly and thoroughly investigate the accident scene and vehicle for deficiencies and negligence. We call upon top experts when necessary to provide the evidentiary support needed for a strong case. Factors typically involved in a SUV rollover or other vehicle rollover, include:
- High center of gravity: SUVs and light trucks are higher off the ground than passenger cars and have a higher center of gravity as a result. A higher center of gravity increases the rollover rate due to the poor weight distribution. Heavy loads in pickup trucks contribute to the vehicle instability and high center of gravity. Additionally, 15 passenger vans have poor weight distribution with a significant portion of the passenger load falling behind the rear wheels.
- Inadequate roof structure: Spinal cord injuries and brain injuries are common for people injured in rollover accidents. These serious injuries occur when the vehicle rolls over and the roof cannot withstand the impact. Roof crushes are an indication of a poor roof design. The way pickup trucks are designed, there is minimal structure or roof pillars to maintain the overall roof structure. This can lead to occupants being ejected from the vehicle and suffering fatal injuries or to occupants suffering a catastrophic head or neck injury.
- Defective tires: Tire defects are also a contributing factor to SUV rollovers and other vehicle rollovers. Tire tread separation can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. Tire blowouts can cause the vehicle to violently turn. Combined with the higher center of gravity that SUVs and pickup trucks already possess, these scenarios can quickly turn into rollover accidents.
At Nagle & Associates, we offer comprehensive experience in auto defect litigation as well as complex crash litigation. Our former experience with the insurance industry gives us a holistic approach to preparing a solid accident injury claims on behalf of clients who have suffered serious injuries or are coping with the wrongful death of a loved one after a rollover accident.
For a FREE consultation about our ability to provide the legal guidance necessary in a rollover crash case, contact Nagle & Associates at one of our North Carolina locations.