Who Is Liable for a Rollover Accident?

Who Is Liable For a Rollover Accident
Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham LLC Blog April 18, 2022

Who Is Liable for a Rollover Accident?

A rollover accident occurs when at least one vehicle flips over due to an accident. According to Consumer Reports, this only occurs in about 3% of serious car accidents but accounts for 30% of passenger deaths. A rollover wreck can cause catastrophic injuries, totaled cars, and even death

If you are seriously hurt or your property is damaged from a rollover accident, it’s important to determine who is at fault. Until this is determined, no one involved will be able to claim compensation. 

One of our injury lawyers at Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham, can investigate the rollover accident and help you obtain a settlement. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Illinois, Iowa, and the United States Federal Courts. Have you or a loved one been involved in a rollover accident in the Quad Cities? If so, contact us today to explore your options. Also, you won’t owe us a dime unless we obtain a settlement for you!

Who Is Liable for a Rollover Accident?

Both Iowa and Illinois are at-fault states, meaning the party who caused the accident is liable. However, both states follow comparative negligence. This legal concept permits injured drivers and passengers to get a portion or percentage of damages even if they were partly to blame for the accident. Since each party can obtain damages from the accident, fault gets a little more complicated. 

In most rollover accidents, the driver of the flipped vehicle is likely to be at fault due to poor judgment or negligence, but there are a few more factors that might come into play that change who is liable. 

Besides the driver of the flipped vehicle, these parties might be liable. 

What Causes Rollover Accidents?

Most rollover accidents are caused by drivers losing control of their vehicle, speeding, and reckless driving. Along with these, here are some other causes of rollover accidents

  • Distracted driving 
  • Bad weather
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Poor road conditions
  • Steering too hard
  • Trying to maneuver or avoid another car, debris in the road, or attempting to avoid another accident 
  • Driving an SUV or other high-profile vehicle 
  • Overloading the vehicle, especially the roof  

Related Article: Who Is Responsible in a ThreeCar Rear-End Collision?

Tips to Avoid Rollovers

Like other car accidents, it might be impossible to avoid a rollover. Anytime you get into a vehicle, there is always a risk of an accident. You can’t control every circumstance on the road, but there are a few ways to stay safe on the road and possibly avoid a rollover. 

  • Drive sober 
  • Control your speed, especially on curvy roads
  • Avoid driving SUVs or taller vehicles in windy conditions
  • Do not text or use the phone while driving 

Our Quad City Car Accident Attorneys Can Help 

Have you been involved in a rollover accident? If so, one of our experienced attorneys can help. No matter how or why your rollover accident occurred, consult with Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham today. You may be entitled to damages like lost wages and pain and suffering. 

Call us at (309) 794-1515, use our LiveChat, or fill out this form to get in touch. Our attorneys are available and ready to answer any questions you may have about your case and our process of obtaining the compensation you deserve. 

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.