Charleston, SC – Rollover crashes have become a significant problem as more Americans drive sport utility vehicles and others that are prone to these types of accidents. While driver error is a factor in these kinds of accidents, there are also common problems with the design of certain vehicles that make them likely to flip or roll over upon impact or from certain movements. Problematic designs that make injuries more likely are ultimately the responsibility of the manufacturer, and they can be sued in a products liability lawsuit. Rollover accidents are known to be more dangerous than those where the car remains grounded, due to the possibility of serious impact to the head, neck, and upper back.
Causes of rollover accidents
Some vehicles have manufacturing issues that make rollovers more likely. This is normally due to issues with the tires, weight distribution, or the vehicle’s fuel tank. Driving at high speeds in smaller trucks and SUVs is also a common cause of rollovers, although comparable problems are not as likely in vehicles of different dimensions. When these vehicles try to make sharp turns or swerve they are also likely to have balance problems due to their higher center of gravity. Severe weather is also more dangerous in vehicles that are higher off of the ground, as things like wind and wet roads can make the vehicles harder to control and contribute to a rollover accident.
Products liability cases
If this is the case, it may be possible to sue the part or vehicle manufacturer in a products liability lawsuit. This type of case argues that the defendant either improperly designed the part or vehicle, or that the one particular vehicle that the victim owned had issues due to problems with the manufacturing process. In these situations, the plaintiff can show that the vehicle manufacturer was either negligent for their actions in releasing a defective product, or that they are strictly liable for releasing a product into the stream of commerce without property safety features and testing.
Compensation for victims
A victim’s compensation is almost always contingent on the severity of the car collision and their injuries. This is because the concept of damages in a civil lawsuit is relative to the actual harm and losses that the victim sustained. The greater the amount of damages, the greater the amount of compensation that is necessary to pay for things like medical treatment or missed time from work.
Legal advice after accidents in South Carolina
The Clekis Law Firm is available to help people in the Charleston area with their personal injury lawsuits. Potential clients can call the firm to schedule a meeting and discuss their situation further with a licensed attorney.
Firm contact info:
171 Church St., Charleston SC, 29401