Just this month, a Lafayette man died from injuries he sustained after being ejected in a rollover accident on US 90 in Terrebonne Parish. The man was a passenger in a Suburban that overturned several times before coming to a stop. He was in the rear passenger seat and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was transported to University Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Rollover Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
As NoLA personal injury lawyers, we see the serious injuries caused by rollover accidents in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. In many cases, one or more of the occupants are killed in a rollover accident like the one above. When a vehicle rolls over, the occupants can be injured within the vehicle and outside the vehicle in numerous ways. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, lacerations, internal injuries, and broken bones are all common in rollover accidents. In some cases, the accident victims are left with permanent disabilities from their injuries.
Catastrophic Injuries Mean Costly Damages
The damages in rollover accidents can be substantial due to the catastrophic injuries we see in these types of vehicle accidents. Medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages can total into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced NoLA car accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to receive a fair and just settlement for your accident claim.
How Can You Avoid Rollover Accidents?
You may not be able to avoid rollover accidents completely; however, you can take preventative measures to reduce your risk of injury if you are involved in a rollover accident.
- Choose a new model vehicle that has Electronic Stability Controls to reduce the risk of rollover accidents. Some vehicles today are designed specifically to reduce the risk of rollover accidents. Older model vehicles may not have these safety features.
- Always wear your seatbelts. Anyone in the vehicle should wear a seatbelt at all times. Children and infants should be strapped into a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age and weight. If you are transporting heavy objects in your vehicle, strap those items down to prevent them from flying around in the vehicle and hitting you in the event of a collision.
- Do not carry more weight on the top of your car than is allowed by the manufacturer. If you overload your vehicle, it is more likely to rollover during a crash. Check the manufacturer’s load ratings and stay within those ratings.
- Check your tire pressure. It is important to keep your tire pressure within the recommended guidelines. Low pressure can contribute to rollover accidents.
- Excessive speed can also contribute to rollover accidents. If you are going too fast, you are move likely to roll over in the event of an accident.
- If you are in a collision, fight the urge to overcorrect. This leads to rollovers. If you encounter a potential danger or obstacle, fight the urge to jerk the wheel causing the vehicle to roll over.
Have You Been Injured in a New Orleans Rollover Accident?
If so, you need the help of an experienced, skilled, and trustworthy car accident attorney. Rollover accidents can be complicated, so put our experience to work for you, get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact The Olinde Firm to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our NoLA car accident attorneys.