New Jersey Rollover Accident Attorneys
If you were seriously injured in a rollover crash, the highly experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers can fight for the full financial recovery you need to move forward with your life.
Rollover crashes are one of the most traumatic and violent types of accidents to take place on New Jersey roads. Drivers and passengers can be tossed through the air and slammed into metal doors and glass windows as a car tumbles round and round. It may only happen in a matter of seconds, but it can feel like it takes an entire lifetime for the vehicle to finally stop moving.
The aftermath of a rollover crash can take a devastating toll on all those involved, resulting in traumatic injuries, mental distress, and financial struggles. While not the most common type of crash, it is often the deadliest type of crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that although rollover crashes only account for about 2.1 percent of the total number of crashes in 2010, they accounted for nearly 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle accidents.
We understand how traumatized victims feel following a rollover crash. Injuries from these types of crashes can be extremely serious, resulting in lengthy hospitalizations, surgeries, and rehabilitation. While you are out of work trying to recover, insurance adjusters may be pestering you at all hours, trying to force you to accept only a fraction of what your medical bills will end up totaling. Don’t feel obligated to accept their offer. Contact an experienced rollover accident attorney who can tell you what your case is really worth.
The legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers can review the circumstances of your case and negotiate with an adjuster on your behalf. You will be free to focus on your recovery while we work to earn you the maximum compensation you’re due. Call us today at (973) 364-8300 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Do You Need an Attorney After a Rollover Accident?
Regrettably, rollover accidents tend to result in life-altering injuries and even death. When those circumstances are involved, it is in your best interest to have an attorney handling your accident claim. While it may be relatively easy for an insurance company to calculate your current medical expenses, it can be difficult to calculate the cost of future medical care when life-changes injuries are at play.
In many situations, an immediate settlement with an insurance company may seem like a blessing. You are out of a job, for the time being, trying to recover, and medical bills are quickly becoming unmanageable. However, what happens tomorrow when you need physical therapy, changes made to your home to make it more accommodating, or home-health services? What if you are unable to resume your current career path because of your injuries? Are you sure that an insurance company is taking these things into consideration – are you sure they even care?
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we have experience handling rollover accident claims. We understand the aftermath these accidents can cause and the complications that it can pose for victims. The legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers has the ability to investigate the circumstances of your particular crash and build a solid case in your favor that can help yield maximum compensation for your injuries. An insurance adjuster wants to steamroll you into a quick settlement. A speedy settlement is rarely in your best interest.
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we want to make sure you are getting what you are entitled to by aggressively negotiating on your behalf. If an insurance company doesn’t want to negotiate in good faith, we aren’t afraid to take them to court. Contact the team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers to find out what your legal options are following a serious rollover accident.
Elements of a Rollover Crash
A rollover crash is a type of accident where a vehicle tips over onto its side and then continues to roll onto its roof. A vehicle may roll once and come to a stop on its roof, or it may roll multiple times and finally come to rest in any number of positions. According to the NHTSA, most rollover accidents occur due to tripping, which is when the vehicle’s tires strike something, like a curb or large pothole, which interrupts the motion of your car, causing it to careen forward or sideways.
Rollovers also happen when there is a sudden shift in weight or change in a vehicle’s center of gravity. This sudden shift is so forceful that the vehicle begins to tip, and its momentum continues to force it into a rolling motion.
There may be more rollover accidents out on the roads today because there has been a surge in the popularity of SUV-type vehicles. Several studies have shown that SUVs and light trucks are more prone to rolling than other types of vehicles. According to data from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the number of fatal SUV rollover accidents has more than doubled since 1991. Since these types of vehicles have a higher center of gravity and narrow track widths, they tend to be more apt to roll. These types of vehicles are also more likely to be driven in rural settings and in poor weather conditions, which can also be factors in rollover crashes.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that 90 percent of vehicles involved in a fatal rollover accident were involved in routine driving maneuvers. What that means is that drivers were either going straight, negotiating a curve, or exiting a ramp when they were involved in a rollover accident.
It is also worth noting that numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 85 percent of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes. Many rollover accidents are the result of speeding and taking a turn too fast. However, there are often factors that are outside of a driver’s control that cause a rollover crash. Another driver can cut you off or sideswipe you and cause you to suddenly swerve your vehicle, leading to a rollover accident. You may trip your car on a road defect such as thick gravel or debris in the road. A defective tire may blow, causing you to lose control of the car.
Some of the other common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving, sudden or improper lane changes
- Improperly loaded cargo or weight distribution
- Mechanical failure
- Unsafe road design
Injuries Associated With Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are violent and can cause significant injures, even death. During the course of a rollover event, the body can be thrown multiple times into several different parts of the car. The body can also be struck by flying debris and may even be ejected from the vehicle entirely.
While there are numerous new safety advantages in modern cars, a rollover accident bypasses many of these features and causes significant and life-altering injuries. Some of the most common injuries in rollover accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Facial injuries
- Fractured bones
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
These injuries can cause significant long-term effects on both the body and mind resulting in a loss of motor function, mobility, sensory perception, and cognitive abilities. Many of these health concerns can take years to recover from, while some injuries may be permanent.
Compensation From a Rollover Accident
Significant changes to your health can mean a significant impact on your ability to earn a living and provide for yourself and your family. Getting the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and time missed from work is crucial. New Jersey is a no-fault car insurance state, which means in the event of any type of accident, you typically turn to your car insurance first for damages, though this may vary depending on your insurance plan.
However, even if you have a basic no-fault insurance plan, you can step outside the restrictions of your no-fault insurance and sue the at-fault driver if you suffered significant injuries, such as a displaced fracture, a loss of a body part, or a permanent injury.
It’s also important to know that New Jersey is also a “modified comparative negligence” state. When drivers are involved in a car accident, the amount of damages you may be able to receive depends on the percentage fault you bear for causing an accident.
If you are involved in an accident with another driver and the evidence points to the fact that they were 80 percent to blame for the crash, but you were also 20 percent responsible for the events leading to the accident, you would be entitled to the total amount of damages minus 20 percent. If the total amount of damages was $100,000, you would be able to collect $80,000. However, a driver found to be more than 50 percent at fault for an accident cannot recover damages.
If a rollover accident has caused you serious injuries, contact the legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers for help. We can review your case and lay out your legal options for getting the compensation you need. That may include money for current and future medical costs, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Contact an Experienced Rollover Accident Attorney Today
Rollover accidents are uniquely terrifying experiences with uniquely terrifying consequences. Those consequences can have far-reaching medical and financial implications. Do you trust an insurance adjuster to make certain that you are being taken care of financially?
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, our first priority is you. Whether we’re seeking compensation from your own insurance or the other party’s, we’ll work aggressively on your behalf to earn you the critical compensation you need. Our legal team will talk with you to learn more about the circumstances of your case, investigate your accident, and negotiate a settlement that is in your best interests. While you recover physically, we work to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (973) 364-8300 to set up your free case evaluation.