North Carolina SUV Rollover Accidents Attorney
Sports utility vehicles are popular for many reasons, including the sense of security many feel when driving a larger vehicle. However, SUVs tend to be particularly susceptible to rollover accidents, which may lead to serious injuries for their occupants. Rollover accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including tire failure or poor stability in the SUV’s design. Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle and the team at Nagle & Associates have decades of experience helping victims and their loved ones seek damages for injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions. With seven offices across the state of North Carolina, we have secured more than $290 million in compensation for residents of Wilmington, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Hickory, and many other communities.
Deadly SUV crashes are increasing at a far higher rate than crashes with any other type of vehicle. Fatal SUV-pedestrian collisions increased by 81 percent between 2009 and 2016, compared to 46 percent for all vehicles (See source).
Pursue the Full Extent of Compensation Following an SUV Rollover Accident
SUV rollover accidents can occur when drivers are performing routine maneuvers or when they are responding to a trigger, such as another driver’s erratic conduct. Driving behavior plays a large role in rollover crashes, and many rollovers take place when a driver is distracted. During a rollover, occupants may be struck from different sides of the vehicle, and many victims suffer serious injuries in these very dangerous crashes.
An injured victim may choose to pursue a lawsuit against the driver responsible for the rollover accident. While most accident and personal injury cases settle privately with no need for court involvement, you must show a readiness to succeed at trial before an insurance adjuster will offer a settlement that reflects the likely jury verdict value of all claims. In all rollover cases, it is essential to show thorough evidence of how the accident happened, and to prove the full extent and physical impact of all related injuries.
If you are a driver who rolled your vehicle, perhaps you were responding to another driver’s negligence in running you off the road. Overcorrecting a vehicle can lead to it tumbling and losing control. Also, more than one party can contribute to a rollover accident. In addition to responding to an erratic driver and swerving, perhaps there was uneven pavement on the road. A plaintiff pursuing a personal injury claim may have a claim against a government entity for failing to provide well-maintained roads. In all cases, it is imperative to investigate the collision carefully and identify all at-fault parties so that all available insurance policies are accessed and made available to fully fund the victim’s losses and injury claims.
Defendants in North Carolina motor vehicle accident lawsuits often assert the defense of contributory negligence. If both the defendant and the plaintiff appear to share the responsibility for causing a collision, the defendant’s lawyer may use this argument to counter the personal injury claim brought by the plaintiff. A contributory negligence defense would aim to show that the victim’s own negligence contributed to the accident and to the victim’s injuries.
In most situations, North Carolina law will completely bar the recovery of any damages if the plaintiff is found to be even minimally at fault. In order to recover damages, it is therefore critical to prove that the defendant was fully responsible for the accident, or that the defendant shared responsibility with third parties other than the victim. This is a key reason why enlisting legal representation from the outset of an accident case is so important.
Consult a Dedicated North Carolina Car Accident Attorney
When you are coping with the devastating injuries that may result from an SUV rollover crash, Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle is ready to provide the compassionate counsel that you deserve. He offers free legal consultations by telephone and he stands ready to provide you with immediate answers and guidance. Carl understands the serious nature of these types of crashes and strives to maximize compensation on behalf of his clients, and he also charges a lower legal fee than most other personal injury law firms in the state. Mr. Nagle and the staff at Nagle & Associates recognize the importance of proving the full range of damages that a victim has endured, including future costs of medical treatment and future lost earning capacity. We have represented victims in Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, and other cities in Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Durham, New Hanover, and Catawba Counties. Call us today at 800-411-1583 or use our online form to secure a free in-person or telephone consultation with a vehicle accident attorney.