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Vehicle Rollovers: What Are the Risk Factors?

Because vehicle rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of car accidents, they are considered to be especially dangerous. Even though rollover crashes only account for about 2.1 percent of all vehicle accidents, they are responsible for almost 35 percent of traffic fatalities, according to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). When does a vehicle rollover take place? Primarily, a rollover occurs when a motor vehicle is tipped — or “rolled” — over onto its side or roof.

There are two types of rollover crashes, including “tripped” and “untripped.”

  • Tripped – Tripped rollovers result from a high-energy impact with an external force like another vehicle, a truck, or even a curb.
  • Untripped – According to a 2012 study from the University of Minnesota, these types of rollovers result from a combination of “steering input, speed, and friction with the ground.”

By educating yourself on the possible causes of vehicle rollovers, you can reduce your chances of suffering the physical, financial, and emotional impact of a severe car accident. Some of the most common risk factors involved in rollovers include:

  • Type of Vehicle – While almost every type of vehicle has the potential to roll over; some are more at-risk than others. High-risk vehicles tend to be taller and narrower with high centers of gravity. Some examples of high-risk vehicles include pickup trucks, SUVs, and buses.
  • Speed – According to the NHTSA, excessive speeding is common with rollover crashes. In fact, “Some 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding,” states the NHTSA.
  • Intoxication – It is illegal to drive intoxicated in all fifty states. It is unlawful because alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s judgment, muscle coordination, focus, and more. According to the NHTSA, “nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol.”
  • Rural Roads – Rural roads tend to lack road divides and guardrails, making it difficult for drivers to regain control of their vehicles in a high-risk situation. Almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers take place on rural roads.
  • Driver Behavior – Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal rollover crashes. Often, these crashes only involve a single car — the car that rolls over. Studies have concluded that driver behavior is a potential cause for approximately 85 percent of fatal rollover crashes.

Contact a Rollover Attorney in New York

Were you hurt in a rollover accident caused by a negligent driver, or did your accident happen due to a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle? If so, you have the right to take legal action against those responsible, and the New York rollover accident attorneys will be ready to help fight for the fair compensation you’re owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online today.


Young Drivers Are at Higher Risk of Car Accidents, Statistics Show

Because young drivers have less experience on the road, they are significantly more likely to be involved in a serious car accident. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 16 to 19 than among any other age group.”

Vehicle collisions are the most common cause of death for teenagers within the United States. In 2017, researchers estimated that roughly 300 thousand teens were injured due to collisions, and almost 2,400 were killed.

Which teens are the most at-risk for being involved in a serious collision?  

  • Teenage boys – according to a 2017 CDC report, the fatality rate for male drivers from 16 to 19 years of age was more than two times higher than the fatality rate for female drivers in the same age group.
  • Teenagers traveling with other teenagers – operating a vehicle is a task that requires the full attention of the driver. When inexperienced drivers are distracted by their passengers, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increase greatly.
  • Newly-licensed teenage drivers – within the first few months of licensure, the risk of being involved in a collision is extremely high. This is why parents should discourage their teenagers from traveling over long, complicated routes immediately after they receive their license.

Teenage drivers need lots of guidance and practice before becoming experienced enough to travel with security in mind. By thoroughly educating your child on safe driving techniques, you can help them reduce their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident.  

Contact a New York Teen Driving Crash Attorney 

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by an inexperienced and improperly supervised driver, you should not have to pay for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred. It is possible that the teen driver should not have been out on the road on their own, should have been properly supervised, or should otherwise not have been behind the wheel when they hit you. If this has happened to you, be sure to reach out to our skilled New York car accident lawyers right away at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 

 

 

 


Defective Car Repairs

While car repairs are necessary to maintain a functioning vehicle, getting them done can be incredibly costly and time-consuming. Even with a fair amount of knowledge and know-how, car owners are typically at the mercy of mechanics — and unfortunately, defective and fraudulent repairs are all too common.

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimated that total consumer losses from defective, unnecessary, fraudulent, or misdiagnosed repairs could be as high as 17.4 billion dollars each year. This NHTSA study based its model on 15 different problem areas:

  1. Failure to perform needed preventive maintenance
  2. Unnecessary replacement of a component, when it is more economical to wait until it fails
  1. Failure to detect faults before they become critical
  2. Too much time between maintenance work
  3. Superfluous maintenance
  4. Inadequate diagnosis of the problem
  5. Attempts to sell unneeded repairs with possible fraudulent intent
  6. Failure to detect potential intended fraud before repairs
  7. Failure to detect possible fraud after repairs
  8. Work charged for and never performed
  9. Failure to resolve possible fraud
  10. Package deals which are not in the consumers’ interest
  11. Instances of faulty repair
  12. Failure to detect defective repair
  13. Failure to address faulty repair

The best way to mitigate these potential costs is to educate yourself as much as possible on your vehicle, as well as any common issues it may face. This way, you can be more informed when taking your car in for repairs at any shop. If your car does need repairs, it may be beneficial to get quotes from several mechanics, dealerships, and independent shops before having your repairs completed.

Hurt by a Defective Repair? Contact Us

Did a defective repair or fraudulent maintenance cause a crash that resulted in severe injuries? If so, turn to the experienced New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss the specifics of your case. If it can be proven that negligent maintenance or repairs caused your crash, you could be owed significant compensation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today. 


Seat Belt Failure: How Does It Happen?

Wearing your seatbelt is one of the smartest actions a driver can take to protect themselves. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017.” However, just like any other manufactured piece of equipment, seat belts can be defective.

Alarmingly, it is not uncommon for seat belts to fail. According to the NHTSA, approximately 3 million injuries and 40 thousand fatalities are reported each year from seat belts that fail to perform as expected during motor vehicle collisions. During rollover accidents, failed seatbelts are one of the leading causes of serious injury or death. Perhaps one of the most disturbing factors about these types of accidents is the fact that they are completely unnecessary and wholly preventable.

How can a seatbelt fail? Here are some of the most common factors:

  • Retractor failure – A seat belt retractor is where the belt feeds from and is responsible for locking up during sudden stops. If the retractor malfunctions for some reason, the passenger will not receive the protection needed to prevent serious injury during a car accident.
  • Latch failure – A seat belt latch is the contact point between the buckle and the actual belt itself. When the latch malfunctions of comes undone with applied force, this could mean serious injury for a passenger during a car accident
  • Spooling – Spooling takes place when an excessive amount of the seat belt feeds out, which means that there is too much belt to adequately restrain the passenger during a collision. The lack of adequate restraint could result in serious — or even fatal — injuries during a vehicle collision.

 Often times, victims of a serious car wreck are not even aware that a seat belt malfunction has occurred. This is why it is important to contact an expert who can correctly identify the signs of seat belt failure after a serious car wreck.

Contact a New York Product Liability Lawyer

Vehicle manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their seat belts will work properly in the event of a collision. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury because of a seatbelt malfunction during a car wreck, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a New York car accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057 today. 

 

 


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Mayor’s Heights, NY (July 4, 2019) – A car crash in the Mayor’s Heights section of Rochester was stated to have resulted in at least minor injuries on Thursday afternoon, July 4th, according to police. The collision, which is believed to have involved no more than two vehicles, happened at 3:43 a.m. along Interstate 390.

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