Vehicle Rollover Accident Lawyers

When Their Cars Rollover

At the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. we are experienced in litigating rollover accident cases. Every year there are thousands of rollover accidents involving SUVs, 15 passenger vans and light trucks many of which result in catastrophic injuries and even death. Rollover accidents can be caused by a number of different things:


Our tire defect attorneys have a considerable background in tire litigation and have accumulated a wealth of information pertaining to tire defect cases. We have successfully handled tire litigation against nearly every major tire manufacturer, including tires made by Cooper, Firestone, Michelin, Bridgestone, B.F. Goodrich, Yokahama, Uniroyal, Goodyear and Khomo. Tire litigation is complex and there are a number of defects that can affect your tire's performance. If a tire suddenly experiences a blowout, loses tread or the tire belt peels off and separates from the tire completely, it may make the vehicle uncontrollable and in turn cause a serious accident. Many tire failure situations result in crashes or very dangerous rollovers which can result in serious injuries or even death.

Few drivers know the age of their tires, but old tires can be more prone to blowouts and tread separations due to the rubber drying out over time. Unfortunately, even tires that have sat on store shelves for many years can still be sold as new. There are currently no age restrictions on the sale of tires in the U.S. and most experts say the useful life of a tire is only 4 to 6 years. You can check the age of a tire by looking at the DOT number on the sidewall. The last four digits of the number stand for the week and year that the tier was manufactures.

Tire blowouts often occur as the result of a defect in the tire. Defects in tires can occur in the manufacturing process in which specifications are not met because the manufacturing plant's practices are sub-standard. They can also occur in the design of the tire. Design defects that contribute to tread separation include deficient skim stock and the lack of nylon overlays.

Rollovers can also be caused by:

  • Poor stability design of the car
  • Poorly designed suspension systems
  • Lack of electronic stability control

SUVs , vans and light trucks are more likely to rollover in an accident than sedans or coups. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), SUVs are 75% more likely to be involved in a rollover accident than are traditional cars. Rollover crashes are one of the most significant safety problems for all classes of light vehicles especially light trucks, SUVs and vans, according to NHTSA. Although rollover accidents are often associated with SUVs, light trucks and vans, they can also occur in any vehicle that loses balance. Many rollover accidents can occur when the driver simply makes a simple steering maneuver to avoid something in the road or because they have experienced a tire blowout or tread separation.This overcorrection or accident avoidance maneuver can trigger a rollover accident.

If you have been catastrophically injured or lost a loved one as the result of a rollover accident it is entirely possible that the crash was beyond the control of the driver like a tire blowout and was instead due to the negligence of the manufacturer of the vehicle or tire. In these cases, you and your family deserve financial compensation to cover your lost wages, medical bill, and the pain and suffering you have endured. At the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. we have successfully litigated many rollover accidents resulting in millions of dollars in compensation to our clients. Call the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C., at 205-298-1011 or e-mail us to schedule your free initial consultation today.

Our experience with automobile crashworthiness gives our lawyers a unique perspective when it comes to dealing with how a vehicle functions when it crashes. We take a hard look at what caused the crash and what injuries you sustained as a result. Many times, we see things that other lawyers wouldn't think to look for and are able to make connections that allow us to hold companies responsible for the failure of their vehicles.

Contact us at 205-298-1011 to discuss your rollover accident. You are never charged a fee unless you are compensated for your injuries. We serve clients all over the southeast, including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.