KENS 5 out of San Antonio reports that one person has been killed in an unfortunate rollover car accident. The accident reportedly took place on the 410 loop at around seven in the morning. A utility pole was damaged by the accident and CPS energy employees joined San Antonio emergency personnel to assist in stabilizing the scene. The horrible accident is a reminder that rollovers still present a potentially dangerous threat to motorists. If you, or a family member, has been involved in a serious rollover accident, an experienced car accident attorney can help.

Rollover Accidents: Risks and Causes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published an extensive study on the causes and outcomes of rollover accidents. The report makes it abundantly clear that rollover accidents are disproportionately dangerous. Rollover accidents represent only a small fraction of all car accidents but cause over 30 percent of traffic fatalities. According the report, the risk of a fatality goes up by a staggering 1500 percent when a vehicle rolls over. Most rollovers are caused by an event known as ‘tripping’. In an accident, tripping happens when an automobile slides to the side and the wheels stick. This can occur when an automobile hits a curb or it could also occur when an automobile sticks in a soft spot on the highway or the shoulder of the road.

Establishing Negligence in a Rollover Accident

Similar to most car accidents, to prove liability and recover compensation, you will need to establish that another party was negligent. Proving negligence in a car accident requires proving each of four separate elements:

  • Duty of care
  • Breach of that duty
  • A causal link between breach and your injury
  • Proof of your damages

Rollover accidents can be especially complex, as there can be several different potentially negligent parties. For instance, imagine a scenario where another driver tries to pull into your lane on the highway directly in front of you. The other driver fails to use a traffic signal and you are required to swerve to avoid the car. Your car is ‘tripped’ and rolls over. The other driver had a duty of care to drive safely and breached that duty by pulling into your lane and causing you to swerve. You were injured and sustained damages. The other driver is negligent, but it might not have been reasonable for your car to rollover at all in the situation. Many times negligent vehicle defects, in the design or the manufacturing, are a contributing factor to a rollover accident. It is important to hold every negligent party liable for these horrible accidents. An experienced rollover accident lawyer can comprehensively review your case and make sure that every negligent party is held responsible.

Contact An Experienced San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer

Rollover car accidents can present a major safety risk. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos we have decades of experience working on behalf of injured car accident victims. If you have been injured in a rollover accident, or you have questions about Texas car accidents in general, contact our office today to schedule a no cost case evaluation.