All car crashes are frightening; some are life-threatening or even fatal. One type of accident that is particularly terrifying is a rollover when one or more vehicles land on its side or roof. Rollovers do not just look scarier than some other car accidents; they have a higher fatality rate. As a matter of fact, in the year 2010, only 2.1 percent of traffic accidents were rollovers, but that 2.1 percent caused 35 percent of that year’s car accident fatalities. If you are involved in a rollover accident in New Jersey that you believe to be the fault of another driver, once you have received emergency medical care, you should contact an excellent rollover attorney. In this regard, there is no law practice in New Jersey with a better reputation for effective representation and legal talent than Nagel Rice LLP.
Common Causes of Rollover Car Crashes
You may wonder what causes a relatively stable vehicle to roll over. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vast majority of car rollovers (95 percent) occur because the tires of the vehicle hit something that interferes with the ordinary motion of the car, causing it to pitch forward or sideways. Other contributory causes of rollover crashes include:
- Overcorrection for an unintentional lane change or to avoid something in the road
- Sudden, sharp turns of the steering wheel for any reason
- Fatigued or distracted drivers
- Intoxicated or impaired drivers
- Negligent or reckless drivers
- Bald, flat or incorrectly sized tires
- Mechanical or design defects of the car
To give you an understanding of how much these factors contribute to rollover accidents, take note of the following — in 50 percent of all rollover crashes, alcohol is involved; in 40 percent of such crashes speed is a factor. It is also important to note that the bulk of rollover accidents (75 percent) take place on rural roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or higher.
Speeding top-heavy vehicles have an elevated risk of rollovers compared to other vehicles. They are more at risk of tipping over even if there is nothing on the road to interfere with the direction of the tires. Because vehicles like SUVs, pickups and vans are taller than other vehicles and have a higher center of gravity, they are more likely to roll over after a collision.
Injuries Caused by Rollover Car Crashes
Rollover accidents, except for the lucky few, tend to result in serious, even gruesome, injuries. These accidents do, after all, involve compression of heavy metal with sharp edges. Injuries caused by rollover accidents may include:
Even if you survive a severe rollover injury you may be left to deal with scarring, disfigurement, an amputation, paralysis, or other life-altering consequences You should be aware that the NHTSA estimates that as many as 75 percent of these injuries could be prevented by drivers and passengers taking the simple precaution of fastening their seat belts!
Why You Need Nagel Rice LLP
If you have been injured in a rollover crash, or if you have suffered the tragedy of losing someone you love in a wrongful death as the result of a rollover crash, the highly capable, compassionate attorneys at Nagel Rice are ready to fight tirelessly to obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. Over almost three decades of practicing law, we have an outstanding track record of successful courtroom verdicts and settlements. During several consecutive years, for example, our attorneys obtained $100 million annually for our car accident clients. Remember: at Nagel Rice, we try cases and we produce results.
Compensation You May Receive
Since New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, your own insurance company will reimburse you for economic damages, no matter who caused the accident. These damages include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Ambulance and emergency room fees
- Prescription medications
- Lost income (present and future)
- Lost or damaged property
No-fault insurance, however, does not cover pain and suffering — a cost that is likely immense. In order to recover monetary compensation for these non-economic expenses, you must sue the owner of the other car. This is where Nagel Rice comes in. We are sharp negotiators and vigorous litigators and, if the other driver was at fault for your injuries, we will be able to win you compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma
- Impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of limb
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In some cases in which the other driver’s behavior was particularly awful, involving intentional misconduct such as drag racing or driving while impaired by drugs, Nagel Rice may also be able to get you punitive damages over and above the other non-economic compensation. If you have been badly injured in a rollover crash, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our accomplished rollover attorneys. The sooner you bring your case to us, the sooner we can investigate its details, interview witnesses, strategize our approach and obtain the compensation you are entitled to receive. We can be reached in our New Jersey or Manhattan office by phone or by filling in one of the contact forms on our website.
Nagel Rice LLP helps their clients with their rollover car crash claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County.