How to Protect Your Rights in a Rollover Crash
Although there have been great strides in automotive safety over the last twenty years, sometimes crash forces are so great that a car, SUV, or pickup truck will roll over from the impact…especially a side impact. Rollover crashes aggravated by vehicle design defects cause serious injuries. While your focus will surely be on the care and safety of you and your loved ones, there are some steps you can take asap to preserve the facts supporting your claims:
- Your vehicle may have been taken to a tow yard, where it is drawing daily storage charges subject to a lien. Arrange to timely move the vehicle to a protected storage area at a reasonable rate.
- Most modern vehicles have “black box” computer modules that record key crash data. Be sure to alert all tow companies and storage facilities to preserve that data until it has been evaluated by your expert. Your vehicle may require special towing so the data is preserved; rolling a vehicle’s wheels may skew or destroy key crash data.
- Do not allow any insurance company to salvage or destroy your rollover vehicle before analysis by your expert to determine the cause of the rollover. Usually, this means hiring an experienced personal injury attorney who has the contacts and the resources to help you preserve this important evidence.