New Jersey Rollover Car Accident Lawyers
The New Jersey lawyers at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman are experts in handling product liability lawsuits involving personal injuries caused by rollover accidents of a car, SUV or truck. No vehicle accident is good, but some are far worse than others. SUV rollovers are about as bad as a car crash can be. Soccer moms and families throughout New Jersey find SUVs to be very versatile and great for hauling their children to school and sporting events. Unfortunately, SUVs have a high center of gravity, which makes them prone to rollover car accidents.
Rollover Car Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report in 2007 entitled “An Analysis of Motor Vehicle Rollover Crashes and Injury Outcomes.” In it, the NHTSA reported that in the United States 256,695 motor vehicles rolled over during a given year, causing 10,553 deaths in those crashes.
More than 80 percent of those fatalities happened in single-vehicle rollover accidents. In New Jersey only 3 percent of all crashes are rollovers, but rollovers are responsible for over 30 percent of the fatalities. The types of injuries caused by rollover car accidents are various and severe, including brain injury, spinal cord damage, paralysis, paraplegia, loss of limbs and fractures. In 2012, 86 people died in a rollover car accident in New Jersey.
Why are Rollover Car Accidents So Dangerous?
To compound the inherent dangers of a rollover car accident, SUV roofs tend to crush easily when the vehicle rolls over. Passengers frequently are thrown from the vehicle. Ford Broncos, Mitsubishi Monteros and Isuzu Troopers are well known to rollover more often than other vehicles. However, trucks, pickup trucks, vans, minivans and buses are all more likely to roll over than compact cars and vehicles with a lower center of gravity. New Jersey drivers should before warned that the danger of rollover accident sexists by the manufacturers of these types of vehicles.
What Causes Rollover Car Accidents?
Frequently, rollover accidents happen when a driver suddenly turns sharply to avoid debris, an animal in the road or another driver. A car would normally slide over the highway, but SUVs tend to tip over and roll. This is referred to as an untripped or frictional rollover. They can also trip over a curb, guardrail or median, which is called a tripped rollover. Usually tripping occurs when the vehicle is moving quickly and one side hits an object, which causes the vehicle to become airborne or to roll over. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that 95 percent of rollover car accidents can be blamed on tripping. Some rollovers happen when the vehicle is struck on the side by another vehicle.
Other causes of rollover car accidents include:
- Poor stability design
- Inadequate braking systems
- Poorly designed suspensions
- Tire tread defects
- Tire failure
Manufacturing Defects & Product Liability
Litigation in these rollover car accidents is against the vehicle manufacturer and is frequently based on the laws of product liability. That means there was a defect in the design or manufacture of the vehicle that caused the rollover of the car, automobile, SUV or truck, which resulted in personal injuries or death. It’s important to check the seat belts, buckles, head restraint devices, roof supports, seat backs and the windshields and glass for defects after a crash.
New Jersey Rollover Car Accident Lawsuits
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, as experts New Jersey lawyers in rollover car accidents, has a team of rollover car accident experts who will carefully check the vehicle and the scene of any rollover accident. Our car accident lawyers have extensive experience in litigating New Jersey rollover car accident and automobile defect cases. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed as a result of a rollover or car defect accident in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. One of our rollover car accident lawyers will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your rollover accident.