Denver Rollover Car Accident Attorneys
When any type of vehicle rolls over, it could lead to dangerous results. Victims of rollover accidents are at risk of severe injuries or even death. If you were the victim of a rollover accident in Denver, it’s essential to hire an attorney. The Bourassa Law Group can help you recover the maximum financial compensation available.
Rollover accidents are one of the most fatal types of car wrecks. Despite making up a small percentage of overall types of collisions, there’s a higher percentage of death when a vehicle rolls onto its side or roof. Accidents like these are preventable. However, many people behave carelessly behind the wheel. When that happens, others end up suffering the consequences.
Call The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186 to discuss your legal options and the compensation you can pursue.
What Usually Causes a Rollover Accident?
Many factors could contribute to a vehicle rolling over and causing an accident. Individuals assume only SUVs and commercial trucks are involved in rollover accidents. While that’s mostly true, there’s the potential for any type of automobile to roll.
Some situations exist that motorists can’t control, such as inclement weather, poor road conditions, and defective car parts. Other instances of rollover accidents occur because of driver error. For the most part, single-vehicle crashes occur. When multiple vehicles collide and cause one or more to roll over, it’s usually life-threatening.
The main reasons rollover accidents happen include the following scenarios:
- A vehicle has a high center of gravity, such as an SUV
- Weekend driving between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., with contributing factors like alcohol consumption
- Speeding, especially on major roads and highways
- Dangerous roads, including those with construction, lack of traffic signs and signals, and damage
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Tire blowout
- Striking a curb, guardrail, or other obstruction
- Turning or swerving at a high rate of speed
- The force of one car crashing into another leads to it rolling over
Staying alert on the road and following all traffic laws are necessary to keep yourself and others safe. A lot of people exhibit risky behavior if they’re in a hurry or having a bad day. Many feel a false sense of safety when traveling in their vehicle. They believe there’s protection from any possible dangers. Despite safety equipment, such as seatbelts and airbags, there’s little they can do to prevent injuries in a rollover accident.
Should I Hire a Lawyer if I’m Injured in a Rollover Accident?
If you’re considering pursuing legal action against the at-fault driver, you should hire a lawyer to help you. State laws and procedures related to seeking compensation are complex. If you’re unfamiliar with insurance claims or filing a lawsuit, you might not understand the steps you need to take. Many people who try to handle their rollover accident cases receive a lower settlement than they deserve.
Hiring an experienced lawyer from The Bourassa Law Group will benefit you tremendously. There are various pieces of evidence needed to prove someone else caused your injury. We know how to locate and submit them to the insurance company promptly. When you hire us, we’ll begin to work on your case immediately.
The crucial evidence necessary to prove fault in a rollover accident includes:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- A copy of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy
- Video surveillance of the accident
- Photos of the crash site
- Your medical records and medical bills
- Vehicle repair estimates and invoices
Determining insurance coverage after any type of accident is vital to find out how much money you could potentially win. Most drivers don’t understand the coverages listed on their policy. A lawyer can walk you through it to ensure you receive all compensation available. If you don’t know what you’re entitled to, you could miss out on winning the maximum settlement amount.
What Coverages Apply to My Injuries?
After getting into a rollover accident, there are multiple options for seeking financial compensation. If you’re able to prove another person caused it, you could file a claim with their liability insurance carrier. All drivers in Colorado must carry auto insurance with minimum bodily injury limits. Those limits cover expenses for injured individuals.
Liability policies reimburse victims of rollover accidents for a range of damages. Damages are losses suffered because of an accident or injury. Compensatory damages cover total costs and pain or psychological trauma experienced. You could pursue compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Car repair or replacement
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you want to receive a full settlement from the responsible motorist, you have to prove they were solely at fault for the accident. Colorado’s modified comparative fault rule reduces your compensation if you’re partly to blame for the crash. For instance, if another driver’s speeding caused the car to roll over, resulting in your injuries, but you also failed to yield the right of way, you would receive a lower settlement than if you didn’t share responsibility at all.
The equation used to determine the total reimbursement for damages is proportionate to the percentage of fault you share. Let’s say an officer determines the other individual’s speeding caused your car to roll over and assigns them 80% of the blame. Their liability coverage totals $10,000, but you share 20% of the responsibility. The highest compensation you could receive is $8,000 (total liability insurance minus your percentage of fault).
UM (uninsured/underinsured motorist) coverage is an option on your policy. You could seek compensation from your insurance company for injuries sustained in the rollover accident. Law does not require it, but all insurers must offer it to vehicle owners. UM covers victims in situations where the at-fault driver doesn’t carry liability insurance or their limits don’t cover your total expenses.
Another option is medical coverage. Like health insurance, medpay pays for your medical treatment up front. The minimum limit available is $5,000, and it’s possible to purchase a higher limit. If you need ongoing physical therapy or chiropractic appointments, you would provide your medpay information to the doctor’s office, and they would send your medical bills directly to the claims adjuster. Medpay makes payments up until the limit available on your policy.
How Much Money Could I Get from A Lawsuit?
If you decide you want to sue the negligent driver, clear liability must exist. It’s easier to convince a jury that you deserve compensation if there’s evidence of the at-fault driver’s reckless decisions. A crash report notating their excessive speed, video surveillance showing them running a red light, or an arrest record citing they were under the influence at the time of the rollover all prove liability.
Colorado law issues a three-year statute of limitations. A state of limitations limits the amount of time required to bring legal action against another person. That means you only have three years from the time of the rollover accident to file a lawsuit against the liable motorist. If three years pass, a judge will likely dismiss your case based on the expired statute.
Unlike compensatory damages that reimburse you for your expenses, punitive damages aim to punish the person at fault. Anyone who causes a rollover accident is typically driving in an entirely irresponsible way. When they cause injury to others, they should suffer the consequences of their actions.
In the state of Colorado, there are no caps on most compensatory damages, such as medical bills and lost wages. There’s the potential to seek up to the maximum policy limit available. However, when it comes to punitive damages, your award can’t exceed $500,000.
Are Injuries from Rollover Accidents Always Severe?
It’s possible to walk away from a rollover accident with minor scrapes and bruises. However, that’s not usually what happens. When you’re in a vehicle that rolls over, your body gets jerked around in multiple directions. You could get whiplash, hit your head on the steering wheel, and suffer internal injuries.
If you’re not wearing your seatbelt, you could get ejected from the car and hit the pavement with traumatic force. It’s the kind of accident that has the potential to affect any outer or inner area of your body.
The most common injuries reported after a rollover accident are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Whiplash or neck injury
- Chest and abdomen injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Lacerations from broken glass
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
Some of these injuries could result in the impairment of critical bodily functions. You could lose the ability to walk, speak, hear, or see. Depending on the extent of some damage, you could require invasive surgery, consistent pain management, or long-term physical therapy.
Injured in a Rollover Accident? Call The Bourassa Law Group Today
The dedicated Denver car accident lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group know the specific challenges that accident victims face in the days, weeks, months, and longer following a crash. You’re likely suffering from physical pain and may be forced to miss work for some period of time. While you’re recovering, you’re worried about how you’re going to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.
Our team is here to help you get the justice and fair compensation you’re owed if someone else’s poor decisions caused your wreck. We’ll be ready to stand up and fight for you. We represent clients on a contingency-fee-basis, so you won’t have to pay any upfront costs or fees. If we don’t secure an insurance settlement or financial award for you, you won’t owe us anything. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.
If you or someone you know sustained an injury from a rollover accident in Denver, call (303) 331-6186 right now. We’ll schedule your free consultation and help you get on the road to recovery.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.