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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The Stephenson Rife firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Indianapolis Rollover Accidents Lawyer

Tire Tread Separation

Motor vehicle accidents take the lives of thousands of people each year – more than 33,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than any other kind. While rollovers occur in only about 2% of accidents, they account for nearly 35% of the deaths in passenger vehicle crashes. In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes. If you or a loved one are the victim of an accident caused by the neglectful actions of another driver or by a defective vehicle, contact our rollover accident lawyer today to discuss your case.

Rollovers are categorized as either tripped or un-tripped. A tripped rollover happens when a vehicle leaves the road, sliding sideways and digging its tires into a soft surface like soil, or when it strikes something like a curb or guardrail. Most single-vehicle rollovers – 95 percent – are tripped. Most untripped rollovers happen when a vehicle going at a high speed maneuvers sharply, as when trying to avoid a collision. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes, not wrecks involving other vehicles that may have caused the roll.

Factors Contributing to Rollover Accidents

Tire failures, like tread separation, can cause a vehicle rollover. So can defective design of the vehicle itself or its suspension system. When the SUV or other vehicle is inherently unstable by design, rollover accidents may give rise to a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Product liability cases are complex and time-consuming; they require extensive investigation and expert testimony. Many lawyers don’t want to take on such a case, and many injured people are fearful that they don’t have the financial resources to pursue one.

Let Our Rollover Accident Lawyers Put Our Resources to Work for You

Indianapolis rollover accident attorney Mike Stephenson has the resources of the law firm of Stephenson Rife at his disposal. If you have a good case – and a FREE evaluation will show whether you do – you can hand the worry over to the firm and let their resources back you up. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, call Mike Stephenson at 317-680-2501.

Design Improvements

Because of their high center of gravity, SUVs have been notorious for their risk of rolling over. The automobile industry has developed electronic stability control (ESC) systems to compensate for the instability of SUVs and pickup trucks. NHTSA estimates that ESC has the potential to prevent 64 percent of passenger car rollovers and 85 percent of SUV rollovers in single-vehicle crashes. These safety devices became mandatory equipment in all vehicles, regardless of size, produced after 2011. The problem is, there are still many vehicles on the road that lack this safety feature.

In addition, in recent years automakers have made SUVs more stable by lowering the center of gravity.

Rollover Ratings

Even though SUV designers have improved their rollover risk (and only for new models, at that), SUVs aren’t the only vehicles on the road that can have rollover accidents. According to a June 2011 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, of vehicles from model years 2005 to 2008, these are the worst for rollover deaths:

  • Nissan Titan pickup
  • Nissan 350Z sports car
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse compact car
  • Chevrolet Aveo subcompact car
  • Nissan Versa sedan
  • Pontiac Solstice convertible
  • Dodge Ram trucks
  • Chevrolet Colorado small trucks
  • Mazda 5 stationwagon.

As you can see, just because your family vehicle is not an SUV doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for a rollover accident.

 

Trusted advisors. Proven advocates.

Mike Stephenson, Indiana rollover accident lawyer, can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt in this type of wreck. Even if the rollover was not a fatal accident, it may have caused severe injuries. If it happened because of a defective design or faulty manufacturing, by the automaker or the manufacturer of the tires or suspension system, we may be able to secure compensation for you that will help you get back on your feet.

The attorneys of Stephenson Rife have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes. Our many decades of representing Hoosiers injured in car crashes has helped us build a network of medical experts, economists and others who can assist in documenting a victim’s injuries and financial losses.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana car accident lawyers will fight for your rights when you have been harmed in a rollover accident on an Indiana highway.

Contact Stephenson Rife at 317-680-2501 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.