Rollover accidents can be extremely damaging to everyone in the vehicle and can cause death or serious injuries. There are a lot of different factors that can cause a rollover, and there are many different ways that these accidents can cause harm to everyone who is involved. In many cases, it is found that a rollover accident resulted from a single-vehicle accident, meaning that there was no other car involved. However, this does not necessarily mean that the driver is completely liable. There may be other factors involved, such as a product defect or recall for their vehicle, hazardous road conditions that should have been signed, and more.
If you have been involved in a rollover accident, it is important that you explore all of your legal options to ensure that you get the financial protection and compensation that you truly deserve. With the help of one of the experienced car accident attorneys in Florida that 1800-Injured can connect you to, you will be able to understand all of your rights, and ultimately determine how you should move forward in a way that protects you in every way possible.
Read more below about rollover accidents, and contact 1800-Injured now to speak with an attorney about your situation. Once you are given access to this robust referral network of experienced attorneys, you will be able to learn more about your options, discuss the circumstances of your accident, the impact that your injuries have had on your life, and learn more about how the attorney would suggest that you move forward. Instead of worrying about spending a lot of time vetting attorneys on your own, let a car accident attorney save you the stress so that you can focus on your recovery.
What Is a Rollover Accident?
A rollover accident is when a car tips over and either lands on its roof or continues to roll. Depending on the speed, the slope of the surface, and a variety of other things, the car may continue to roll before coming to a stop after turning over multiple times. Regardless of how many times the vehicle rolls during the accident, these types of crashes can cause serious harm to everyone inside the car, and possible death.
Because the car is thrown around so violently, rollover crashes have a higher rate of mortality than other accidents. In fact, they account for 33% of all accident fatalities every year, killing more than 10,000 people each year.
To avoid these accidents, there are many different precautions that someone can take such as operating a passenger vehicle with a lower center of gravity or wider wheelbase (SUVs have a higher chance of rolling because of their height, but all vehicles are at risk of a rollover). Additionally, paying attention to the speed limit, especially coming into turns, as well as staying sober while driving are both very important ways that you can help reduce your risk of being involved in a rollover accident.
Filing a Lawsuit After a Rollover Accident in Florida
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to seek additional damages depending on the circumstances. If you believe that the accident was caused by someone else, then 1800-Injured can connect you to an attorney who will take your case and fight for the money you are rightfully entitled to.
When you are working with an insurance company to get money for your medical bills and property damage, they will make you an offer that is not at all accurate and comprehensive for what you are truly owed. When they make this offer, they will be sure to make it seem as though it is the best you will get from them, but it is only the start of negotiations. When you are working with an attorney, they will handle these negotiations for you, and will ultimately decide (with you) to either accept a fair settlement offer or to seek more money through a full lawsuit. There are a lot of variables that go into this decision, so you and your attorney will go through each of these to find the most suitable choice given your situation.
Determining Fair Damages In a Rollover Accident
Since there are so many different variables that go into an accident and the damages that an accident causes, there is no simple way to determine how much a victim is owed simply based on the type of accident they are in. There are, however, a few different ways that an attorney, judge, and jury can come to agree on requested damages.
Economic damages are intended to compensate the victim (and their insurance company) for any financial costs or expenses associated with the accident and the injuries. This includes things like medical bills and recovery costs (which will be repaid to the insurance company), as well as lost wages from time missed at work. Lost wage damages also include any paid time off or sick leave that a person had to use in order to cover their costs while they missed work. Additionally, any short- or long-term disability or leave connected to the injury will also be included in these damages.
Non-economic damages are more complicated to calculate than economic damages, simply because there is no invoice, receipt, or financial statement associated with them. These types of damages include physical and emotional suffering that a victim endures, like pain and anguish, depression, loss of enjoyment, and other things that come along with serious injuries.
Since there is no “market rate” for these types of damages, it is common for a personal injury attorney to come up with a multiplier — a number used to indicate the severity of the damages to a judge and jury. This multiplier is then applied to the economic damages in order to come up with a number that the victim and their attorney have deemed as fair and reasonable for their compensation. For example, if a victim suffers from $100,000 of economic damages and is seeking 5x non-economic damages, they will be seeking a total of $600,000 — $100,000 for economic damages, and 5 x $100,000 ($500,000) for non-economic damages.
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If you are ready to speak with an attorney about how you can begin working towards getting the money that you are rightfully owed after being in an accident in Florida, contact the team at 1800-Injured today. We will connect you with an attorney who is ready, willing, and qualified to take on your case, and will fight for you through negotiations and a lawsuit to make sure that you get the justice you deserve.