Rollover accidents are dangerous for everyone involved because they put vehicles in a very dangerous position. Most vehicles are not designed to have security features on the roof of the car. If the car pulls onto its top, they will likely suffer extreme damage. Rollover accidents usually cause severe injuries for everyone in the car.
There are many ways that rollover accidents can happen, including collisions with other vehicles. If you are injured in a rollover accident, consult with a New York rollover accident lawyer to see what your legal options are. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444 to discuss your case with our team. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to have us represent you.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are many causes of rollover accidents. These causes can include:
- Collisions: A collision happens when a car comes in contact with another vehicle or object. In most cases, one vehicle comes into contact with another in a way that causes it to roll sideways. This can happen from a direct impact along the side of the vehicle, or a collision that causes the car to turn sideways while moving forward, leading to the friction on the tires, causing the car to flip.
- Speeding: Speeding is a common cause of car accidents since it makes vehicles more difficult to control, and they are moving with a greater amount of force during collisions. Speeding can also cause cars to go off the road and onto uneven ground, where they flip over.
- Tight turns: Trying to negotiate a turn in bad conditions can lead to a rollover. For example, going too fast through a turn can cause a car to roll through the turn. This is especially true with larger top-heavy vehicles, like cargo trucks.
There are other causes of rollover accidents that are not covered on this list. If you are the victim of a rollover accident, you may build a lawsuit against another driver to claim compensation. Talk to a New York rollover accident lawyer to see what your legal options are.
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Typical Injuries From Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents tend to be more serious and dangerous than other types of accidents. It takes a lot of force to flip a car over, which means that the vehicle is more likely to suffer severe damage. The roof of a car is made to support some of the car’s weight, but it usually cannot if the car is still moving. This is often the case when the car flips while driving. Many rollover accidents result in the roof caving in and leads to severe head, neck, and spine injuries according to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.
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Expenses From a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents can lead to a variety of expenses that you may not be prepared for. These expenses include:
- Medical expenses: Any medical expense related to treatment for injuries suffered in the accident can be claimed in a civil lawsuit. This includes emergency medical, mental health, and ongoing recovery care. Your lawyer can collect billing statements and medical records from care providers to prove that your treatments are related to your car accident.
- Property damage: The cost of repairing or replacing anything that was damaged in the accident can also be claimed. While most cases focus on car repairs or replacement, you can also include any items in the car, such as laptops or cell phones.
- Lost wages: If you are unable to go to work after the accident due to an injury or to the loss of your vehicle, you may be able to recover the wages that you lost. They can be included in the lawsuit to help minimize the impact on your ability to earn a living.
- Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering is a special type of compensation that is not based on expenses or other concrete factors. Instead, it is awarded to address the mental and emotional stress caused by the accident. There are several ways of calculating pain and suffering compensation, but the final amount is at the discretion of the judge for your case. It is also not awarded in every case. It is mainly awarded in cases where the emotional and mental impact of the accident is unusually high.
There are other types of compensation that you can claim in a rollover accident that are not included on this list. While building your case, you will work with your lawyer to determine what the expenses related to the case are. If you are planning on filing a lawsuit, document as many of your expenses as you can. This will make it easier for your lawyer to determine what expenses you have and how much to ask for.
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Seeking Legal Action
If you are injured in a rollover accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical, property damage, and other expenses. Filing a lawsuit can take some time, because your lawyer will need to build a solid case, create all of the documentation, and submit it to the court.
There is also a statute of limitations (legal time limit) that you have to file the lawsuit. In the state of New York, that statute of limitations is three years. That means that you have three years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. It is in your best interest to give your lawyer as much time as possible to collect evidence and speak to witnesses before the statute of limitations expires. If you missed the deadline, your case may be rejected by the court.
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Recovering from a rollover accident takes time. Unfortunately, many victims are stressed about handling financial problems, work problems, and medical issues after an accident. You do not have to deal with the burden of the expenses caused by your accident alone. Speak to the office of a New York rollover accident lawyer about your legal options to recover compensation from the at-fault driver. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444 to discuss your case with our legal team.