1. Your first priority is to seek medical care for anyone who might have been injured.
2. Report the accident to the police and make sure a police report is filed.
3. Record the name, address, and telephone number of the other party and all witnesses.
4. Get insurance information such as the insurance agent, policy and insurance company.
5. Take photographs if possible of the location and damaged property.
6. Be careful of what you say. Remember not to provide a statement to anyone until you consult with a lawyer.
7. Seek the advice of an experienced California injury attorney immediately to begin protecting your rights.
Rollover accidents are the deadliest risk facing Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), minivan and truck occupants. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 119,000 rollover accidents are reported in 2009. These accidents caused some 77,000 injuries and cost the lives of more than 3,800 Americans.
Rollover accident victims can suffer the most serious injuries of any auto accidents - from severe head and body injuries to death.
Rollover accidents are related to the stability of a vehicle as it turns. That stability is influenced by the car or truck´s center of gravity and the track width (distance between the left and right wheels). A high center of gravity (like that of an SUV) and narrow track can make a vehicle unstable in fast turns or sharp changes of direction - that increases the odds that it will tip over once it skids sideways.
Most fatal four-wheel drive rollover accidents are single-vehicle accidents that occur on weekend nights. The drivers are most commonly men under age 25 who are often under the influence of alcohol. In three out of four fatal rollovers, the victims were ejected from the vehicle, indicating they were not wearing a seatbelt.
In 2009, after 38 years of pressure from consumer groups the Federal Rollover Standards were significantly altered for new vehicles. The change requires passenger vehicles up to 6,000 pounds to withstand three times their weight in a rollover and vehicles weighing from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds to meet half the standard or 1.5 times the weight of the vehicle. Consumer groups were unsuccessful in their petitions to have the NHTSA apply the same standards to all vehicles. It is hoped that testing standards from organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) which grants a good rating for vehicles that exceed twice the legal limit will help change automotive standards.
If you or someone you know is hurt in a rollover accident, you need an experienced attorney that specializes in defending the rights of those injured in rollover accidents. Contact Kuvara Law Firm 1-800-4-INJURY today to schedule a consultation so we can begin to fight for your right to fair compensation.
At the Kuvara Law Firm 1-800-4-INJURY, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. Contact us today for a free consultation.