If you were injured in a New York rollover accident, you have the right to seek damages from any at-fault parties whose actions led to your injuries.
You may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more in a personal injury lawsuit. A New York rollover accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you in settlement negotiations or on trial while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
For a free consultation on your case, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800. A member of our team is standing by to discuss your case, your legal options, and the services we may be able to provide.
Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no advanced payments necessary.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are usually categorized as tripped or untripped. In a tripped rollover, a vehicle strikes an object or fixture on the road, or is struck by another vehicle, and rolls over as a result of the impact. An untripped rollover is when a vehicle turns a corner or a curve too quickly and loses control or rolls over. Top-heavy vehicles—those with a higher center of gravity—are more likely to roll over upon impact with another vehicle or an object.
Tripped and untripped accidents are studied extensively by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some of the more common ways that rollovers can occur are:
Over-corrections occur when a driver makes a sudden jerk or swerves to one side or the other. For example, a driver who suddenly notices that they are drifting into the next lane may sharply turn the wheel to get back into their original lane. With the wheels turned one way and the vehicle traveling somewhat at an angle to the wheels, the vehicle can “climb” over the wheels, or the rear of the vehicle may violently swerve in the opposite direction of the overcorrection, causing the vehicle to flip over.
Impacts with objects referred to as “trips” can cause a rollover accident. Examples include a guardrail, a ditch, or even an uneven patch of ground. If a trip is hit at a high enough speed, a car can catch air, lose control, or be thrown into a violent rollover.
Center of Gravity
An object only flips over if its center of gravity is pushed beyond its base. An object with a higher center of gravity is easier to flip over than a similar object of the same weight.
Taller vehicles such as SUVs and cargo trucks are more prone to rolling over than regular sedans and vehicles that sit lower to the ground. Tying down cargo on the roof of a car or truck can raise your vehicle’s center of gravity, so errors in cargo loading and transportation can lead to rollover accidents.
Driving at high speeds, frequently changing lanes, overtaking other cars, and “bullying” other cars on the road are all signs of aggressive driving, and they can all lead to a rollover accident.
Proving Negligence in a Rollover Accident
If you were injured in a rollover accident caused by another party’s negligence, a New York rollover accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to identify the responsible party and gather evidence of their liability.
Your rollover accident may have been caused by a negligent driver directly hitting your vehicle. Or, perhaps another driver entered your lane or created a hazard, forcing you to make an emergency maneuver that caused your car to rollover. In these scenarios, the other driver may be liable for your damages.
Other times, a maintenance crew that did not properly repair a damaged section of road may be liable for rollover accident injuries. If a mechanical failure caused by a defective component or faulty system in your vehicle caused your rollover, a negligent vehicle component manufacturer or mechanic could be liable for your injuries.
Morelli Law Firm can help you identify the at-fault parties whom you can pursue damages when we represent you. We can collect evidence from the scene to demonstrate their negligence and may be able to hire accident reconstruction experts to testify in your defense, if necessary.
To learn more about these services or to get started on your case, call us for a free consultation at (212) 751-9800.
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Rollover Accident Injuries
Injuries commonly seen in rollovers include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Jaw fractures and dental damage
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
We recommend seeking immediate medical care after a rollover accident. A doctor can diagnose and treat your injuries and create a link in your medical record between your injuries and the accident that may be used later as evidence in your case.
Compensation in a Rollover Accident Case
Depending on what caused your rollover accident and the damages you sustained therein, you may be able to recover some or all of the following in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Morelli Law Firm May Be Able to Help You
A New York rollover accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to coordinate the legal work of your case when we represent you.
We can communicate with all parties on your behalf, handle the legal paperwork and deadlines, and negotiate for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company. If they are unwilling to make you a fair offer, we can take your case to trial.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation with a member of our team.