If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a rollover car accident in New York City, contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. You could be entitled to compensation from another driver, a vehicle manufacturer, or even the city of New York. Our accomplished NYC personal injury lawyers will help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
To get started, all you have to do is reach out to our law firm to arrange a free initial case evaluation. Our attorneys will carefully review the circumstances of your rollover car accident case, help you understand your rights, and answer any questions you may have.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Rollover Crash in NYC?
Rollovers are some of the most devastating accidents in New York City. Many rollovers are fatal. When victims do survive these traumatic crashes, they can be faced with a lifetime of challenges and obstacles because their injuries are so severe.
When you are injured in a rollover and someone else is responsible or shares blame, it’s important to hold them accountable. A financial recovery can make a huge difference in your life for years to come.
Getting money, however, is easier said than done. You’ll need to take a stand against insurance companies and demand the compensation you deserve. You can position yourself to maximize your recovery by enlisting the help of Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C.
Since 1977, our New York City personal injury lawyers have been fighting on behalf of rollover accident victims just like you. Thanks to more than 200 years of combined experience, we’ve been able to recover more than $1 Billion in verdicts and settlements. Let us take the lead on your injury case and fight to get results for you, too.
As we navigate your case, we will:
- Investigate the rollover car accident from all possible angles
- Gather and review evidence, including police reports, photographs and video footage, witness statements, medical records, car maintenance records, and more
- Consult with accident reconstructionists and other experts as we investigate, build, and value your case
- Handle all communication with insurance companies and interested parties, and
- Seek compensation from all liable parties.
Our goal will be to secure a meaningful financial settlement on your behalf. However, we will be more than prepared to take your case to a jury, if necessary. Insurance companies know our reputation in the courtroom and our track record of success at trial. So, the last thing they’ll want is for your case to end up there.
We represent clients in and around the city, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester. Give our NYC law office a call to get started today.
How Do I Know If I Was in a Rollover Collision in NYC?
Car accidents are classified based on the type of impact and/or what the vehicles do upon impact. Crash classifications include frontal impact, side-impact, rear impact, and rollovers. Accidents can fall into one or more of these categories.
A rollover car accident occurs when a vehicle:
- Tips onto its side
- Flips onto its roof, or
- Turns on its sides, roof, and wheels repeatedly.
Basically, you’ve likely been in what can be classified as a rollover accident if at least two of your vehicle’s wheels leave the ground.
Rollover Car Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover car accidents aren’t particularly common. Roughly two or three percent of all serious car accidents are classified as rollovers. In 2018, there were a total of 44,300 injury-causing car accidents in New York City.
So, based on the NHTSA’s estimates, there were probably anywhere between 886 and 1,329 rollover collisions in the city that year. In turn, on an average day in New York City, there might be 2, 3, or 4 rollover car accidents.
Fatal Rollover Accidents
Rollover car accidents happen less frequently than other types of collisions in NYC. However, rollovers tend to be much more dangerous. In fact, no type of crash has a higher fatality rate. Studies show that rollovers are responsible for anywhere between 20 and 35 percent of all car accident fatalities.
Most Rollovers Are Single-Vehicle Crashes
Car accidents don’t have to involve more than one vehicle. Sometimes crashes simply occur when one driver loses control of the vehicle, drives off the road, or strikes a fixed object. Rollovers, particularly fatal rollover accidents, tend to be single-vehicle events.
In 2000, nearly three-quarters of all fatal rollover accidents involved one vehicle. Studies suggest that these crashes tend to involve drunk drivers, fatigued drivers, and distracted drivers.
Causes and Risk Factors of Rollover Car Accidents in NYC
Rollover car accidents can happen for a few different reasons. Common causes of rollover crashes include:
Tripping: Tripping, which is the leading cause of rollovers, occurs when a vehicle’s tire hits an object or hazard in the road. This event disrupts the vehicle’s forward movement, literally causing the car to “trip” on the road surface. Tripping hazards include potholes, changes in the road surfaces, and debris.
Sharp Turns: When a driver executes a sharp turn, especially at a high speed, a vehicle can become unbalanced because of its continued forward momentum. The force can cause a car to tip or rollover.
T-Bone Impact: Side-impact collisions, and T-Bone accidents in particular, can cause a rollover. The force of impact can literally force the impacted vehicle to turn on its side or roll.
Excessive Tire Grip: When a vehicle’s tires grip the road too much, a sideways force can build up. Over time, this force can disrupt the vehicle’s momentum and cause it to flip or roll.
There are also certain factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of rolling over when involved in a collision. These include:
Vehicle Type: Certain types of motor vehicles, including pickup trucks, SUVs, and light trucks, are more likely to roll over than other types of cars. Why? These vehicles tend to be narrow and tall, which means that they have a different center of gravity.
Road Location: Rollover accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads than in the city. These roads tend to be curvy and driven at higher rates of speed. Speed is considered to be an extremely important factor in rollover crashes. Most rollovers occur on roads where the speed limit is 55 MPH or greater.
Driver Age and Gender: Statistics show that most rollover accidents involve drivers who are male and under the age of 40.
Rollover Crash Injuries Can Be Catastrophic, Fatal
Rollovers are responsible for some of the most traumatic and destructive car accidents in New York, which can have a negative impact on your life not only short-term but in the long run as well. Getting financial compensation for your injury can help your recovery. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. represents clients who, after being involved in a rollover, sustained:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Chest injury
- Crushing injury, and more.
A significant number of rollover car accident victims don’t survive the extent of their injuries. If you’ve lost someone you love in a New York City rollover, you could be entitled to compensation. Our NYC car accident attorneys can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit and demand the money you deserve.
Liability For Rollover Collisions in New York City
Following a rollover car accident in NYC, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. Under New York state law, anyone who contributed to your crash or injuries could be on the hook for damages. This might include:
- Other drivers on the road
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Transit companies
- Government agencies responsible for safe road conditions, or
- Vehicle manufacturers.
Can you still get compensation if you were involved in a single-vehicle rollover? Quite possibly. If your car tripped on a pothole or if you rolled because you swerved to avoid a jaywalking pedestrian, you could have a legitimate claim for damages. In order to fully understand your options, it’s best to sit down and discuss your case with a skilled attorney. Don’t hesitate to call our NYC legal team to get started today.
Statute of Limitations For NYC Rollover Car Accident Lawsuits
New York limits the amount of time you will have to file an injury claim. In most cases, you’ll have up to three years from the date of your rollover accident to demand compensation. There could be circumstances that accelerate the timeline or give you additional time to act.
However, you’ll be barred from a financial recovery if you allow the applicable statute of limitations to expire without asserting your rights.
Contact Our NYC Rollover Car Accident Lawyers Today
After a motor vehicle accident in NYC, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will help you fight to recover all of the money you need and deserve. Give our law office a call today to arrange a free consultation to learn more.