New York City Rollover Accident Attorneys
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A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle flips or tips over onto its roof
or side. While any type of automobile can rollover, most of these crashes
involve vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as a sport utility
vehicle (SUV) or pickup truck. Since it is possible for occupants to be
ejected from the vehicle during a rollover, such accidents can result
in catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Rollover accidents occur when:
- A vehicle is side-swiped or other struck by a side-impact from another vehicle
- A vehicle turns too quickly or sharply
- A vehicle drives over an object (e.g., curb, uneven pavement, guardrail, etc.)
- A vehicle falls down an embankment
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a rollover accident caused
by a negligent or reckless driver in New York City, do not hesitate to let
Rubenstein & Rynecki protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and
help you obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. Our firm
has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts
on behalf of our clients. We understand what it takes to help you make
the best possible recovery from the accident.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
According to a 2002 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), rollover crashes are more likely to lead to deaths than any other type of
car accident. Rollover accidents make up one-fifth of all fatal collisions.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that 6,358 passenger
vehicle occupants died in rollover crashes in 2019, which accounted for
all passenger vehicle occupant fatalities that same year. Cars accounted
for 20 percent of rollover crash occupant deaths, while pickups represented
38 percent and SUVs accounted for 39 percent.
Common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Vehicles with a high center of gravity – As we have mentioned earlier, taller and narrower vehicles such
as pickups, SUVs, and vans are top-heavy or have a high center of gravity,
which makes them more susceptible to single-vehicle rollover accidents.
- Speeding – Driving at high speeds reduces time to react to unexpected road
conditions, which can result in an over-correction or sudden swerve that
causes the vehicle to rollover.
- Curved roads or exit ramps – When a top-heavy vehicle approaches a curved road or turns at high
speeds, the combination of factors increases the risk of being involved
in a rollover accident.
- Intoxication – A significant number of fatal rollover crashes involved drunk
or drugged drivers. Impairment negatively affects a person’s motor
skills, reaction time, judgement, and vigilance.
- Fatigue – Driving while drowsy can be just as bad as driving under the influence.
Fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel can result in a driver drifting
off the road, which can lead to a rollover accident.
- Distracted driving – From cellphones and GPS devices to eating/drinking to daydreaming,
distracted driving occurs when your focus is away from the primary task
of driving, your hand is off the steering wheel, and/or your eyes are
off the road. Did you know that driving while looking at your phone for
five seconds at 55 miles per hour (mph) is the equivalent of driving the
length of an entire football field blindfolded?
- Overloaded vehicles – Not only does overloading a vehicle – such as a commercial
semi-truck or tractor-trailer – place strain on tires and make maneuvering
the vehicle more difficult, but it can also cause top-heavy vehicles to
tip over if the cargo shifts or becomes unbalanced during transport.
A rollover crash is especially violent in nature. Occupants who do not
wear seatbelts in a vehicle that rolls may suffer severe or fatal injuries,
especially if they are ejected.
The following are some common rollover crash injuries:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Chest injury
- Internal injury
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Our legal team can investigate the accident, collect and assess evidence,
negotiate with insurance companies, or fight for you in court. Let us
hold the at-fault party liable for their negligence and help you recover
your entitled compensation.