Rollover accidents are among the scariest types of car accidents a person can experience. Being involved in a rollover accident can be life-altering and traumatizing. Rollover accidents can also cause catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party or parties who caused your injuries.
The Long Island Attorneys at Dell & Dean, PLLC have extensive experience representing victims of rollover accidents and other types of serious car accidents. We have a proven track record of recovering millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims. Our empathetic attorneys understand how difficult it is to move forward after being seriously injured. We will handle every aspect of your case while you focus on your recovery.
Types of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents happen when a vehicle tips onto its side or roof at any time during the collision. Some rollover accidents involve a vehicle flipping 180 degrees. In other cases, a vehicle will flip 360 degrees or tip onto either size.
Unfortunately, many rollover accidents are fatal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that approximately 50 percent of all passenger vehicle deaths are caused by rollover accidents. There are several types of rollover accidents, including the following:
- Flip-over: a vehicle strikes an object and rotates along its axis
- Turnover: A fast-moving or heavy vehicle may be subject to a sharp turn and rollover
- Fall-over: a heavy vehicle tips over when moving down a steep pass or slope
- End-over-end: a vehicle strikes an immovable object and flips laterally, end-over-end
- Trip-over: a vehicle moving too quickly suddenly comes to a stop, causing it to rollover
- Climb-over: a vehicle’s momentum forces it to climb over an object, lifting it off the ground and causing it to tip
Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents
The attorneys at Dell & Dean, PLLC understand the severe consequences rollover accidents can cause. We must offer compassionate legal services to victims of auto accidents in Long Island. In addition to recovering compensation for your physical injuries, you can also pursue compensation for non-economic damages caused by your extensive pain and suffering. Common injuries caused by rollover accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Organ damage
- Chest injuries
New York’s No-Fault Insurance Law
New York is one of several no-fault states regarding car accidents. If you pursue an injury claim for a rollover accident in New York, you must contact your insurance provider to cover your initial expenses. The amount you can receive is limited to your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. The minimum amount of PIP coverage you can purchase is $50,000.
If you have been seriously injured, $50,000 of PIP will probably not cover your expenses. Under New York insurance law, victims can pursue additional compensation from the at-fault driver when they have suffered a severe injury. Severe injuries include the following:
- Significant disfigurement
- Loss of a fetus
- Significant limitation of a body system or function
- Permanent limitation of a body organ or member
- Permanent loss of a body organ, function, member, or system.
Determining Liability in a Rollover Accident
To recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that one or more party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused the rollover accident. There may be more than one party at fault for your accident.
If so, you may be able to obtain more compensation than if only one party were involved. Your attorney can engage in a thorough investigation to determine who caused the accident. Depending on the facts in your case, responsible parties could include the following:
- The vehicle manufacturer
- An NYC transportation authority
- A vehicle designer
- Another driver
- A pedestrian
Types of Compensation Victims of Rollover Accidents Can Receive
After a rollover accident, moving forward can be difficult for victims and their families. Victims may be facing severe injuries that prevent them from returning to work while their medical bills continue to pile up. When a vehicle rolls over, occupants are more likely to be crushed by the impact or ejected, resulting in life-threatening injuries.
Victims may suffer spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and internal injuries, among other serious injuries. The medical expenses over a victim’s lifetime can easily exceed a million dollars. Victims can pursue the following types of compensation after a rollover accident:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity due to disability
- Permanent disability
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
How a Long Island Rollover Accident Attorney Can Help
Recovering compensation can be challenging, even if your case seems relatively straightforward. Working with an experienced attorney can help you succeed. Proving that another negligent party caused the accident requires legal experience, knowledge, and a thorough investigation into the causes of the accident.
The attorneys at Dell & Dean, PLLC, have the experience, knowledge, and resources to support your case. We will effectively guide you toward receiving the compensation you deserve by taking the following actions:
- Investigating all of the details of your case
- Gathering evidence necessary to prove your side of the story
- Requesting eyewitness statements, medical records, and police reports
- Working with top accident reconstruction experts to piece together the details of your case
- Finding respect and medical professionals to establish the value of your injuries
- Negotiating a fair settlement with the defendant or insurance company
- Pursuing litigation if settlement negotiations fail
Insurance companies are more likely to make lowball offers when a victim is representing himself or herself. They hope victims will quickly accept the low settlement offer. When you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, your attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance company, pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
New York rollover accident cases can be complex. The experienced personal injury team at Dell & Dean, PLLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims in Long Island and throughout New York. Don’t hesitate to contact Dell & Dean, PLLC to schedule an initial case evaluation.
Dell & Dean, PLLC, represents rollover accident victims throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island as well as the boroughs of New York City, and the surrounding areas.