Several people were injured in a four-car crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Academy Road exit. The accident left two vehicles flipped onto their sides. The accident is under investigation. When a person is in an auto crash, a Philadelphia car accident lawyer should be retained.
Some of the most devastating cases that a car accident injury law firm has to deal with are vehicle rollovers. They are more common that you think and have been steadily on the increase over the last few years. A rollover accident can result in people suffering severe head and spine injuries, and at worst it may result in death.
Vehicle rollovers are so called when a vehicle loses control on a road and flips over onto its roof. The vehicle may also roll more than one complete revolution, often with deadly results. The reason they occur is mainly down to driver negligence although the height and width of a vehicle has a lot to with it. Vehicles with a high center of gravity are more prone to rollovers that other vehicles that are short and squat.
The majority of rollover accidents occur when a vehicle has approached a bend in the road at way too much speed. When the driver tries to fight with the bend, tire forces push the vehicle into the ground, whilst at the same time inertial forces try to move the vehicle into the opposite direction. These combined forces cause the vehicle to move to the outside of the turn as gravity then comes into play. The forces of gravity will then move the vehicle's weight downwards. Eventually the gravitational forces can't cope with the inertial and tire forces and this is when the vehicle tips towards the outside of the curve and will roll over. Sometimes the vehicle will simply fall on its side and slide along the road and in other cases the vehicle will have a stumbling effect as momentum takes over causing the vehicle to roll over and over. In either case it can result in people being thrown from the vehicle or through the windscreen and the vehicle can also impact with other oncoming traffic.
In some cases the rollover accident hasn't been caused by driver error and may be down to a fault in the vehicle itself or a defective or badly maintained road. In such cases, a team of experienced car accident attorneys can help. An experienced car accident attorney has the ability to call upon a number of independent experts who can help with the case. People such as accident investigators, specialist mechanics and road design experts can all be asked to take a look into the claim. From their findings they can report back to the lawyer who will then begin to build a case. Once the cause of the accident has been established the attorney can then file a claim against the party or parties responsible for the accident.
If it has been established that a road design defect has caused the accident then a claim will have to be filed against the government or state department that deals with the roads. If the vehicle itself was deemed to have a faulty part that was the main cause of the rollover accident then a claim will have to be filed against the car manufacturer. These types of cases can prove to be very costly and drawn out, simply because a car manufacturer will hardly ever settle out of court and will fight the case all the way. This is why it is imperative that you should choose a representing team of Pennsylvania car accident attorneys that not only have the financial backing to be able to fight such a case, but also have the knowhow to be able to deal with large corporations and their lawyers. A rollover accident can be devastating. If you need help, call the Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania car accident attorneys for help.