A rollover car accident is more likely to result in fatalities than all other types of crashes, as noted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, NHTSA. The annual number of rollover crashes has been on the rise. Both passenger car occupants and light truck drivers face the prospect of serious injury or death in a rollover accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rollover accident, you could be entitled to compensation. The purpose of claiming for your damages is to cover the present and future medical costs linked to your injury, in addition to coverage for any shift in your ability to earn and support yourself and your family.
The best way to recover the full amount in compensation you are entitled to is by getting help from a Georgia rollover accident lawyer from Merritt & Merritt Law Firm.
Common Injuries in a Rollover Car Accident
Determining whether another party is liable for the accident, and whether you will be entitled to compensation, is one of the first pieces of information your Georgia rollover accident lawyer will collect when reviewing your case. During your free case review, we will collect information about the accident, and also your injuries. With this information we’ll determine whether you have a case, and generate an estimate of your potential damages.
Following are some of the primary injuries that we have helped clients recover the maximum amount in compensation that they are entitled to. Collecting your damages requires the gathering of evidence to measure and prove your damages, the drafting and filing of a claim, and the negotiation of a fair settlement. While this can be a complex and time-consuming process, with a Georgia rollover accident lawyer on the case, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while your attorney handles the rest.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury, or SCI, as explained by the National Institute of Health, is damage to the tight bundle of nerves and cells that is the pathway through which your body sends and receives signals from the brain into and from the rest of the body. The NIH notes that “Motor vehicle accidents and catastrophic falls are the most common causes of SCI in the United States”. The medical costs and occupational impact of a spinal cord injury can be substantial and life-long, entitling the injured person to sizable compensation.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of an injury that is itself one of the leading causes of ultimately death in the United States: a brain injury. A traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, is caused by a bump, blow, or penetrating wound to the head. Each day in the US, some 176 Americans die of a TBI, while over 200,000 are hospitalized each year due to brain injuries.
Brain injuries can lead to permanent changes in your personality and ability to focus, forever changing your personal and professional life. When accidents cause these changes, you are entitled to compensation for the loss of enjoyment in life, and lost earnings potential, that your brain injury results in.
When you lose a loved one to a car accident caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation related to the loss of their financial and emotional contribution to your household. In some cases, damages are also available for pain and suffering, depending upon the unique facts and circumstances of the accident.
Under Georgia Code Ch. 4 Sec. 51-4-1, it is clarified that the full value of the life of the decedent, as demonstrated by the evidence, can be collected. The “full value of the life” is defined as “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived”. This means that you recover the full amount in finances that your loved one would have committed throughout their remaining natural life. Financial damages such as these are available, in addition to damages to cover the loss of their emotional contribution.
Accidents with Large Trucks Cause Many Rollover Crashes
The number of large trucks on the roads are increasing, and with it the number of crashes. When truck drivers are engaging in distracted driving and causing accidents, which is doing anything that mentally, visually, or manually impairs the driver, they will be liable for any damages that result. For example, when a driver is texting while driving, they are visually impaired as they are looking at the text, manually impaired as their hands are on their phone and not the wheel, and mentally impaired as they are thinking about the text and not driving.
Determining what the other driver or drivers involved in your rollover accident were doing before they hit you can be difficult if not impossible for you to do. You were driving safely when you were hit, and cannot possibly be expected to have been looking into the vehicle of the driver that hit you.
Your Georgia rollover accident lawyer will collect evidence on your behalf to prove the liability of the driver that caused the accident, and to collect the full damages that you are entitled to.
Discuss Your Options with a Georgia Rollover Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a rollover accident or other motor vehicle crash, it is important to seek out immediate emergency medical care to address any injuries you might have, or might have overlooked in all the excitement of the crash. After you have received emergency medical care, it is time to reach out to a Georgia rollover accident lawyer to get started on your case. The sooner we get started, the faster we can begin collecting evidence in support of your case and the amount you are entitled to.