Rollover Accident Attorneys


Tulsa Rollover Accident Attorneys

Rollover crashes are a major and growing cause of road fatalities in the United States. A rollover car wreck can be a very serious and violent accident leading to severe injuries that requires medical treatment and will result in costly medical bills. Unrestrained occupants of a rolling vehicle are exposed to a variety of forces and impacts, which can cause serious injury or death.

In comparison to passenger cars, the fleet of vehicles on America’s highways is changing, with a growing number of SUVs and other light trucks like box trucks and pick-ups. While passenger cars have seen a decrease in rollover accidents, light trucks in general, and SUVs in particular, are becoming a larger and larger part of the total number of fatal rollover collisions.

The Tulsa rollover accident attorneys at the law firm of Graves McLain Injury Lawyers PLLC have the experience and understanding to handle these types of accident cases and get the compensation needed.

What is a Rollover Vehicle Accident?

A rollover occurs when a vehicle rolls over onto its side or roof during a collision.

The death rate of rollovers is much greater than that of other forms of vehicle accidents. Generally, there are two types of rollover accidents: tripped and untripped.

Tripped rollover accidents can happen from forces of an external object, such as a curb or a collision with another car. Steering input, speed, and friction with the ground cause will likely cause untripped rollovers. Trailers are more prone to rolling since they lack the tractor unit or primary mover for added stability.

To varying degrees, all vehicles are vulnerable to rollovers. The height of the center of mass, the narrowness of the axle, steering responsiveness, and greater speed all increase the likelihood of a rollover.

For passenger cars, the rollover threshold is more than 1 g of lateral acceleration. Because to its low center of mass, the Tesla Model S has an extraordinarily low rollover risk of 5.7 percent, one of the lowest out of any passenger car. Vehicles classified as light trucks will rollover at lateral accelerations of 0.8 to 1.2 g. Large commercial trucks can roll with as little as 0.2g lateral acceleration. Because trucks have larger bodywork and higher ground clearance than passenger cars, they are more likely to flip over.

SUVs, especially those with extended travel off-road suspensions, are the most common car on the road that is prone to rolling over.

How Does a Rollover Accident Occur?

Rollover collisions frequently result in a partial or complete ejection of the passengers, increasing the risk of serious and deadly injuries. Only 1% of all traffic accidents in the United States are caused by vehicle rollovers. Though, they account for around one-third of all passenger deaths in vehicle accidents—making them the most deadly type of car accident.

When a driver loses control of their car, and it begins to slide sideways, rollover collisions commonly occur.

When this happens, an obstacle such as a curb, guardrail, or uneven ground may force the car to roll over. When a motorist tries to turn the car at a high rate of speed, a rollover may also occur. The tension between the pavement and the tires could force the vehicle to flip and roll over in such situations.

Finding Liability in a Rollover Accident

Rollover accidents are very serious, and the driver of the vehicle is not always responsible for the accident. Typically, in such accidents, there will be four possible choices for who can be liable under personal injury law for the motor vehicle accident:

  • The driver of the vehicle that rolled over
  • Another motorist on the roadway, either someone that came into contact with the vehicle or caused the accident by reckless, negligent, or dangerous driving
  • A manufacturer of the vehicle
  • The dealership or seller of the vehicle

Rollover incidents are frequently the result of a driver’s bad judgment. If a driver performs a quick turn without decelerating beforehand, a car can flip onto its side—or perhaps upside-down totally.

Overloading a roof rack, as well as hitting with a low concrete barrier, might cause a rollover. Whatever the cause, if the accident was caused by the driver’s poor judgment, he or she is most certainly responsible for the losses.

A motorist may be held liable if they cause another driver to perform a hazardous maneuver that results in a rollover. It might be possible to hold the other driver accountable if the driver of the rolled-over car had to veer because someone changed lanes without monitoring their blind spots and ended up flipping over the neighboring barrier.

Manufacturing flaws are responsible for a small percentage of rollover incidents. If none of the drivers involved in the collision were driving recklessly before the collision, experienced legal teams will begin looking into the vehicles’ schematics.

If a manufacturer is found to be at fault, all persons who were injured in the accident may pursue a product liability lawsuit against the company.

Dealerships may deliberately offer cars that are defective in some way.

Depending on the underlying reason for the rollover, the entity that sold the car may be to responsible for the accident if it was a salvage title vehicle that was not restored to safe operating standards.

After an accident, when liability is not clear contact a personal injury attorney and they will be able to identify who is liable for the accident, even if the police report says otherwise.

Comparative Negligence in Oklahoma

When more than one motorist is at fault in a car collision, several states, including Oklahoma, apply the concept of comparative negligence.

Each driver found at fault for a crash is allocated a percentage of blame under comparative negligence legislation. Damages could be awarded to each individual according to the extent of liability of the other drivers.

The “50-percent rule” is included in Oklahoma’s comparative negligence statute.

When a crash victim is 49 percent or less at fault for the accident, the right to collect damages under comparative negligence applies in Oklahoma. A crash victim cannot seek compensation from other at-fault parties if he or she is at least 50% responsible for the accident.

Put plainly, this means that if a driver is injured in an accident but is more than 50% at fault for the accident, they will not be able to collect an amount of damages. Only those with fault less than 50% can collect damages in Oklahoma. However, after an accident, regardless of fault, always contact a car accident attorney.

At-Fault vs. No-Fault State

When two drivers collide, an insurance company may apply the driver’s automobile insurance to safeguard the driver’s finances. Insurance claims, on the other hand, are handled differently based on the state’s fault laws. Oklahoma is a state that is responsible for its own actions, meaning it is an at-fault state.

Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance under an insurance company’s policy covers a driver’s own medical fees in a no-fault state, whereas bodily injury liability coverage pays for the other driver’s medical expenses and all related medical bills in an at-fault state.

Drivers can feel more at ease with the claims procedure after an accident if they understand how claims are settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and throughout Oklahoma.

A driver who causes an auto accident in an at-fault state, often known as a tort state, is accountable for compensating the opposing party or parties for their losses. This can be done through an insurance injury claim under the insurance company or by the at-fault driver personally paying the other party. If a driver is uninsured at the time of the accident, insurance companies usually have coverage to ensure the cost of damages are covered in car accident cases.

If a motorist causes an auto accident and pays for the damages with their own insurance, the property damage liability element of the policy pays for the other driver’s car losses, while bodily injury liability insurance pays for the other driver’s and passengers’ medical expenditures if they are harmed.

Rollover Accident Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a technical report regarding the characteristics of fatal rollover crashes, and in that data, they found the following:

  • Nearly three-quarters of those killed in rollover accidents were not wearing seatbelts, and slightly less than two-thirds were ejected fully from the vehicle.
  • The majority of deadly rollover accidents involve only one car.
  • Rollover collisions are more common than other forms of collisions to result in fatalities.
  • Since 1991, the number of fatal SUV rollovers has more than doubled, outpacing all other light truck classes.
  • Investigating officers observed that somewhat less than half of single-vehicle rollovers were preceded by an attempt to prevent the disaster with a steering maneuver, compared to one-third of multi-vehicle rollovers.

The rollover driver-death rate among newer (1 to 3-year-old) passenger vehicles fell from 27 in 2000 to 6 in 2012, according to the IIHS. The rates for the most recent SUVs are lower than those for the most recent vehicles. During the same time period, the number of SUVs on the road expanded considerably, which explains why, despite improving survival rates, the actual number of deaths has remained relatively constant.

Contact the Car Accident Attorneys at Graves McLain Injury Lawyers Law Firm

When you contact one of our knowledgeable Tulsa, Oklahoma rollover accident lawyers, we will provide you with a free case evaluation to identify the best course of action for your accident case. We can also help file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who died in a rollover car crash.

Contact our firm by calling 918-359-6600 or by filling out the free evaluation online. We will fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

  • Treat you like family

    I knew my auto accident wouldn’t be worth much and they knew it too but worked as if it was a million dollar case and kept me informed hope I never need an attorney again but if I do it’ll be graves mcclain I brag on them to everyone

    Margie C
    OklahomaSubmitted April 5th, 2023
  • Excellent law firm!

    The staff is great and super friendly. They helped me get the money I deserved. I would definitely recommend them to everyone!

    CiCi H
    OklahomaSubmitted April 5th, 2023
  • They were always willing to respond and were very positive

    My orthopedic doctor recommended Graves McLain Injury Lawyers, to me following the need for revision hip surgery due to a hip from Stryker that was putting poison into my system.
    The doctor took care of the hip, and Graves McLain Injury Lawyers, took care of the legal case.
    They were very thorough, professional, courteous, and always ready to answer the questions I had throughout the length of the case. In a word, the entire office is fantastic.
    I’m sure they were tired of my inquiries on the case’s progress, but they did not show it.
    They were always willing to respond and were very positive.
    If I ever have a claim in the future, they will be the first group to whom I reach out.

    Robert S.
    Submitted April 1st, 2022
  • Professional, compassionate, and very smooth way

    I have been working with chad McLain for two years.
    He has helped me get my case resolved in a professional, compassionate, and very smooth way.
    I wasn’t just a number in this lawsuit which included many others. This firm has made me feel like I was the only one.
    Amy Cox has also been amazing. She was always so very kind each time I contacted her with questions.
    Her character shines through, and I’m so thankful she was there for me.
    I would definitely suggest that anyone who might need a lawyer for a medical lawsuit to choose Graves McLain Injury Lawyers law firm.

    Kim C.
    Submitted March 31st, 2022
  • I will recommend them to others

    I was referred to Graves McLain Injury Lawyers through an Uber passenger. I reached out and was connected with Miss Angela, who made me feel so comfortable. She was very upfront with everything and kept a very open line of communication. I got to work with Amy W. & Amy M., who were two fabulous ladies who helped wrap up my case. When I thought I would be screwed with trying to get somewhere with the insurance company, these ladies came to the rescue. Without a doubt, I would contact them again, and I will recommend them to others. Thanks again!

    Alyssia H.
    Submitted March 7th, 2022
  • They worked very hard for us and kept us informed

    Graves McLain Injury Lawyers was there for us when we didn’t really know how to move forward with our Round Up claim.
    They worked very hard for us and kept us informed. Couldn’t of done this without them.
    Thank you Graves McLain Injury Lawyers

    Marla H.
    Submitted March 1st, 2022
  • Handled everything PERFECTLY!

    I had 10/10 experience with Rachel and the team from Grave’s McLain.
    I had been feeling overwhelmed with medical bills from a car accident that wasn’t my fault, and the long list of things that had to be done that I had to figure out how to do myself.
    They put my mind at ease and handled everything perfectly.
    I’ll definitely use them again if the time comes!

    Graci W.
    Submitted January 10th, 2022
  • Top-knotch in the realm of customer care

    Graves McLain Injury Lawyers Law Firm recently handled a difficult legal situation for our family.
    From the beginning, we were treated with respect and concern.
    The entire staff is top-knotch in the realm of customer care.
    Mr. McLain’s knowledge, experience, and counselling was reassuring as our case progressed to the best conclusion achievable.
    Anyone needing assistance with serious issue should contact Graves McLain Injury Lawyers….
    “Serious DOES matter to them!”

    Larry N.
    Submitted January 4th, 2022
  • Very responsive and kind

    I am extremely pleased with how my case was handled at Graves McLain Injury Lawyers.
    I hired Chad after fighting with the insurance company for over a year. Feeling defeated and overwhelmed with medical bills, once my case was handled by my attorney, I felt at ease.
    Chad and his team were very responsive and kind.
    They answered all my questions and even helped me figure out lost wages based on a commission rate of pay.
    He was able to get maximum compensation and now I can get back to my life!
    I would 100% recommend Graves McLain Injury Lawyers time and time again.

    Aubrey P.
    Submitted January 3rd, 2022
  • Highly Recommend

    My case just settled and I want to thank Rachel Gussman, Janet, Sonia, Emily, Amy, and Margo.
    This process was definitely a team effort.
    When I was involved in a car accident last year, I turned to my friend Rachel for guidance.
    I was thoroughly impressed with their skills, office staff professionalism and friendliness, communication, and of course, the end results.
    I highly recommend Graves McLain Injury Lawyers

    Kimberly M.
    OKSubmitted December 22nd, 2021

Contact Our Firm &
Request a Free Case Review