In Georgia, as in many other states, despite the relative infrequency of rollover accidents on the road, they tend to lead to disproportionately negative outcomes. According to a 2015 report conducted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, for example, rollover accidents alone contributed to nearly 24 percent of total motor vehicle accident fatalities statewide.
Common Injury and Fatality Risks
Rollover accidents in Atlanta and elsewhere throughout Georgia can be particularly dangerous — to both the occupants of the vehicle that has experienced the rollover, and others on the roadway — in a number of ways. Injury and fatality risks include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Ejection from the rollover vehicle
- G-forces and impact force resulting from rollover motion
- Difficulty of avoiding rollover vehicle due to spontaneous movement of the rolling vehicle
- Non-standard collision with road hazards and other vehicles (i.e., with sections of the vehicle that are not designed to safely crumple and absorb impact forces)
- And more
Common Forms of Negligence Leading to Rollover Accidents in Atlanta
Rollover accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. In some cases, those factors are not within the driver’s control. For example, if you are a consumer truck driver and the cargo loaders at a local retail shop have loaded the cargo ineffectively, then this could expose you to a significantly heightened risk of a rollover accident when operating your vehicle.
Consider the following, non-exhaustive list of factors:
- Negligent cargo loading
- Tire grip has been worn out (or is insufficiently “grippy” for the vehicle profile)
- Suspension has not been properly tuned
- Driver turned too sharply given the profile of the vehicle and the cargo load
- Defective brakes, or some other vehicular defect
- Inadequate maintenance of the vehicle
- Failure of the truck company to hire a licensed or competent driver
- And more
It’s worth noting that, in Georgia, you can sue and recover damages from the employer of driver if the driver was acting within the course and scope of their employment at the time of the accident. As rollover accidents may occur in the commercial trucking context, this is a potential avenue of litigation that you and your attorney will want to consider.
Connect With Atlanta Rollover Accident Lawyer James Ponton Today
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may not only be entitled to sue and recover damages from the defendant-driver, but you may also have legitimate claims against various other parties, such as the cargo loaders and the employer (if any) of the driver. Given the range of potential claims, it’s critical that you consult with a seasoned Atlanta car accident attorney who has experience litigating a variety of motor vehicle accident lawsuits, including those in which a rollover accident has taken place.
Attorney James Ponton has served as a plaintiffs-side litigator for nearly ten years now, and before, served as insurance defense counsel. Both these experiences help to inform the legal strategy implemented by Attorney Ponton and help to secure favorable outcomes for his injured clients.
Call (404) 418-8507 today to schedule a free consultation with Attorney James Ponton. During this initial consultation, he will assess your rollover accident claims and work with you to develop a strategic plan that will help you successfully pursue recovery.