The safety of a vehicle is critically important to the well-being of the occupants when an accident happens. If the vehicle does not provide the proper level of safety, it can result in serious and often fatal injuries to the driver and passengers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in SUV rollover accidents.
At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we represent clients who have suffered serious injuries in Long Island rollover accidents. We have no fear of taking on vehicle manufacturers who put cars on the road that jeopardize the lives of innocent people. Our responsibility is to the injured victims, and we will do everything in our power to protect their interests.
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Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are complex crashes involving the driver, the vehicle, the road and environmental factors, as stated on Safercar.gov, a website presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Factors that contribute to rollovers include:
- Vehicle design – Although any vehicle can roll over, taller, narrower vehicles such as SUVs, vans and pickups have higher centers of gravity and are more susceptible to this type of accident.
- Speed – According to NHTSA, around 40 percent of all fatal rollover accidents involve excessive speed, and nearly 75 percent occur on roadways where the posted speed limit is at least 55 mph.
- Alcohol – Almost half of rollover accidents involve alcohol, as reported by NHTSA. Alcohol impairment of judgment, vision and muscular coordination can make drivers more likely to lose control of a vehicle.
- Driver distraction – As more than 90 percent of all fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes occur during routine driving maneuvers, the data imply that driver factors, such as distracted driving and inattention, are significant contributing factors to rollover accidents.
- Hazardous roadways – Uneven pavement, poor road maintenance and lack of warning signs can cause drivers to lose control, causing vehicles to roll over.
- Tire failure – Defective tires can blow out, causing a driver to lose control of the vehicle. Defective tires can also cause a car to pitch forward or sideways into a roll.
Common Injuries in Rollover Accidents
Injuries to the head, neck and spine are common in rollover accidents. Roof crush can cause severe to fatal head injuries and serious damage to the neck and spine.
A study published by Orthopaedic Proceedings found the distribution of injuries in rollover crashes includes:
- Head and neck (60 percent)
- Thorax (23.8 percent)
- Abdomen (15.4 percent)
- Upper limbs (47 percent)
- Lower limbs (34 percent)
Hurt in a Rollover Accident? Our Lawyers can Help
While any type of vehicle can be involved in a rollover accident, many of the cases we see involve SUVs. The high-profile design of these vehicles makes them more susceptible to rolling over, as compared to other vehicle types.
The vehicle roof crushing on impact is among the most common issues that arise in SUV rollover claims. When a vehicle lands on its roof, occupants rely on the frame to withstand the impact and keep the passenger compartment intact. Few SUVs can make this claim. If it can be shown that a defective design contributed to the roof crush and the subsequent injuries, the manufacturer could be held liable for the injuries suffered by the occupants.
Whether a defective tire or vehicle part caused the rollover to occur, or defective vehicle design and construction failed to protect the occupants, negligent manufacturers can be held accountable in single-vehicle rollover accidents. If your rollover accident was caused by another driver and your vehicle’s design failed to protect you from injury, the vehicle manufacturer may be liable for your injuries in addition to the at-fault driver.
At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we conduct a thorough investigation into rollover accidents to determine how injuries occurred and which parties should be held accountable. When necessary, we bring in the appropriate experts to help us build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Call our office or submit our online form now for a free claim view. We will respond immediately. Our Long Island rollover accident attorneys offer a free consultation, including home and hospital visits.
- Safercar.gov: Causes of Rollovers
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