Rollover Accident Injures Two Near Winton
A rollover accident in Merced County near Winton left two parties injured on the night of March 31, 2019. The incident occurred shortly after 7:00 p.m. along North Winton Way, just south of Palm Avenue. A Winton man was driving a 2017 Infiniti north along Winton Way when he reportedly lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the roadway. The Infiniti collided with a utility power pole before overturning several times and striking six trees and two fences. The driver and passenger of the Infiniti were both transported to Modesto hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.
Consequences of a Rollover Accident
A rollover accident can be hazardous as people are often trapped in the mangled vehicle and require emergency extrication. In other cases, the doors, windows, or windshields may break or open up when the roof strikes the ground. This can cause occupants within the vehicle to be ejected from the car. Some of the injuries that may be suffered in either scenario include cervical sprain, traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord damage, internal organ trauma, and more. In some extreme cases, these crashes may result in a loved one’s wrongful death.
Recoverable Damages in a Rollover Collision
Suffering injuries in a rollover car accident can create a stressful situation for the family. It can lead to financial concerns due to mounting expenses. When the accident occurred due to the negligence of another party or entity, the injured individual and their family may be able to seek compensation for those damages. These include past and future medical bills, past and future wage loss, loss of consortium, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages may also be claimed in cases where an egregious action caused an accident injury. To learn about how the value of an injury claim may be affected by certain factors, watch the below video.
Passenger Injury Claims
In California, an injured person must prove who was at fault for a car accident and their injuries to recover damages. Depending upon the circumstances of the car wreck, multiple parties may be responsible. In a single-vehicle crash, the injured passenger must be able to prove that the driver of the car they were riding in failed to exercise due care. For instance, the motorist could be considered negligent for a passenger’s damages if they lost control while speeding and collided with a tree. However, if the crash occurred due to an unforeseeable event, such as defective vehicle parts or equipment, the manufacturer may be found liable in this situation. Other cases where a manufacturer may be held financially responsible for an accident may include poor roof crush resistance in a rollover.
Assistance from an Attorney
When a person is involved in a rollover accident, it is possible to suffer severe injuries. Such injuries can result in extended hospital stays, putting a family of an injured person in a financial predicament. In these situations, it is helpful to sit down and consult with a Merced personal injury lawyer to discuss what legal options you have for financial recovery.
Merced Personal Injury Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Merced personal injury attorney. Rollover accidents involving ejections or crushed roofs can lead to serious or even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rollover collision caused by the fault of another driver or entity, I am here to provide you with free, friendly case advice. Please phone me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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