While determining who is at fault for a car accident can be difficult, a rollover crash presents even more liability issues. Most rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents, making it less likely that a driver will be able to sue another driver on the road. Instead, drivers and passengers who are injured in a rollover accident will typically being a case against a third party who caused or worsened their injuries, including:
- Car designers. Car designers have a duty to consider the performance of a vehicle along with its appearance. Taller vehicles such as SUVs, trucks, and vans may be able to accommodate more people, but also have a high center of gravity, making them more likely to tip over. Poor vehicle design could cause a car to tip and roll after a minor accident or even during normal daily driving.
- Car manufacturers. Even if the car was designed properly, an automaker could have made changes to the components that led to increased injuries in a crash. Faulty car components such as air bags, roll bars, seat belts, stability controls, and inadequate crumple zones can all fail to properly protect a car’s occupants from serious injuries. If your vehicle had faulty components or defective safety features, you may be able to file a product liability claims against the automaker.
- Local governments. Roadway planners or maintenance officials may be named in your lawsuit if road conditions played a part in your accident. Sharp curves, lack of proper warning signals, potholes, and improperly graded or uneven roadways could cause a car to tip over during a turn, while broken or missing guardrails that could have allowed a the car to continue rolling instead of cutting the accident short.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.