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Rollover Accidents

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents happen every day, and when they do they can cause major problems. Some of the worst traffic pileups you will ever see on the highway are caused by rollover accidents. 

18-wheelers rollover often. They are harder to drive, hard to park, and it is especially difficult for them to change lanes or turn corners

Sedans and SUVs have rollover accidents as well. Drivers have been killed when they have just been in the vicinity of an automobile that has rolled over. Cars can get trapped under a vehicle that has rolled over, and they could get crushed.

What causes rollover accidents?

A rollover accident occurs when a car tips over and rolls until its wheels are in the air. It may roll on its side or on its top. A rollover accident most commonly occurs when a driver simply cannot control their vehicle.

 Large trucks are difficult to turn, and when a driver misjudges a turn, it can cause a rollover accident. A small car that does not weigh very much might roll over when it hits a curb. The forward momentum that happens after hitting an obstacle in the road might cause a car to roll over as well. 

Distracted driving may also cause a person to have a rollover accident. Texting while driving is never a good idea; it is especially bad to text,  talk, or post on social media when you are traveling at a high rate of speed. 

Speeding, in general, can cause a rollover accident. If you are traveling in a heavy vehicle such as a van, SUV, or truck, and you make turns or change lanes very rapidly, it can cause an imbalance that causes the vehicle to roll over. 

Rollover accidents often cause multi-car pileups; however, an accident rarely causes a car to roll over. But, it is possible for a car to roll over when hit by another vehicle from the side. 

A person needs to understand how the vehicle they are driving works. This is why it is so important that people who operate trucks and other commercial vehicles have the appropriate training and licensing.

Larger vehicles have a different center of gravity than other vehicles, which is why it is easier for them to roll over when they veer sideways. 

Typical Injuries from Rollover Accidents

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Trucks that rollover can crush smaller vehicles, and the occupants of those vehicles can either die or be severely injured. Paralysis is common, and so are broken bones and internal bleeding. A person’s neck and head are the most vulnerable areas of their body in such a situation.

A driver may be ejected from their vehicle when they have a rollover accident.  It is important that they are examined by EMTs at the scene and taken to the hospital as soon as possible. 

Seeking Compensation for a Roll-Over Accident

The aftermath of a rollover accident can be devastating. You can be permanently injured after such a severe crash. The loss of function of a limb or organs is a possibility. It is even possible to lose a loved one as the result of such an accident.

Multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions may be necessary. Treatments such as these can be painful and time-consuming. They are also quite costly, which is why getting proper compensation for a rollover accident may be necessary. 

Talking to an Insurance Company

New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance. This means that a person’s own insurance company is supposed to pay their bills no matter who is at fault in a collision.

There are exceptions to the no-fault rule. If a person’s injuries are permanent, disfiguring, or very severe and the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation. 

If a trucking company allowed an unqualified driver to operate a commercial vehicle, and that driver caused injury to another driver or a pedestrian, the injured party may be able to sue the company. The same holds true if you have lost a loved one to such an accident.

If you feel that your insurance company is not offering you proper compensation for a rollover accident, or if you suffered severe injuries due to a rollover accident, you should contact us for a consultation. Contact our car accident attorney at Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP today!

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