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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. 

 

 

 


T-Bone Car Accidents: Who Is At Fault?

Otherwise known as side-impact or broadside collisions, T-bone car accidents occur when the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimate these accidents result in the deaths of approximately 8 thousand Americans each year.

T-bone accidents most commonly take place at intersections, where the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Some of the most common injuries sustained during a side-collision include:

  • Traumatic head or brain injuries (TBI) – traumatic brain injuries occur during a high-energy impact so strong that it causes the brain to collide with the skull. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, confusion, vomiting, drowsiness, and changed behavior.
  • Chest trauma – according to a report from MedScape, researchers estimate that car accidents cause approximately 70 to 80 percent of blunt-force chest trauma. In severe cases, chest trauma can impede long-term health by resulting in lung damage and esophageal injuries.
  • Broken ribs – the rib-cage protects the majority of the human body’s vital organs. When ribs are broken during a car collision, organ damage is a possible result.

When it comes to determining liability in broadside collisions, either driver could be at fault. For example, if the driver is texting on their phone and fails to see that driver two missed a stop sign, both drivers could be held liable if a T-bone collision occurs. Perhaps the most important factors in determining liability include:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Taking photos
  • Recording statements
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Police involvement

Contact A New York Car Accident Attorney 

T-bone accidents can be especially devastating because drivers are often only protected from collisions by a thin door and window. If you or someone you love has suffered injury in a T-bone collision caused by a negligent motorist, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case with a New York car accident attorney right away. 


Whiplash: How Common Is It?

Otherwise known as a type of neck sprain, whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained after a car accident. According to a recent report from Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), researchers found that over 2 million Americans suffer from whiplash each year. This injury “occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward, then backward in a whip-like motion that over-stretches the joints, muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back,” states the RUMC.

It doesn’t take a lot of force to sustain a whiplash injury. In fact, injury can occur at speeds as low as 10 miles per hour — all it really takes is a high-energy impact. Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear-ending collisions when a vehicle is subject to a sudden forward-moving force. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are all too common. According to a report from the Washington Post, U.S. roadways see an average of 1.7 million rear-end collisions per year — making the risk of sustaining a whiplash injury exceedingly high.  

These neck-strain injuries are in fact so common that vehicle manufacturers began modifying car designs. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a safety standard for vehicles that would require headrests in cars to be higher and closer to the head. These changes were made with the express purpose of reducing and preventing cases of whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash continues to be one of the most prevalent crash-related injuries in the United States.

Recognizing the early symptoms of whiplash is often one of the most important factors in building a personal injury case. Some common signs of whiplash include:

  • Pain in the neck, arm, back, or shoulders
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • “Pins and needles” feeling
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Numbness
  • Tenderness

If you or someone you know has suffered the impact of whiplash because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident attorneys will work around the clock to build your case and fight for justice on your behalf.

 


Knee Injuries in a Car Crash: How Do They Happen?

When it comes to car accidents, even a seemingly minor collision can result in serious, long-term injuries. While some of the most common types of injuries include head, neck, and spinal trauma, accident victims often report suffering severe knee injuries in collisions.

These types of injuries occur when there is a strong external force suddenly placed on the knee, which may cause extensive damage to the bones, ligaments, cartilage, and more. The most common types of knee injuries sustained in car wrecks include:

  • Kneecap Fractures – Kneecap fractures occur when the patella is cracked, broken, or shattered. These fractures are caused by high-energy impacts, such as car accidents.
  • Thighbone Fractures of the Knee – Like kneecap fractures, thighbone fractures are the result of high-energy impacts. In this case, the fracture can extend from the kneecap into the lower femur.
  • Shinbone Fractures of the Knee – Shinbone fractures, like kneecap and thighbone fractures, can happen during a high-energy impact such as a car collision. In this case, the fracture can extend into the upper shinbone.
  • Knee Dislocation – Dislocations happen when the bones in the knee are either partially or entirely out of place. In people with usually healthy knee structures, being involved in a high-impact car collision could result in a knee dislocation.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries – ACL injuries are most commonly known as sports injuries. However, if this ligament is subject to high-energy trauma — such as within a car accident — it is prone to fracturing or tearing.
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries – PCL injuries occur when the knee suffers from a blow to the front while being in a bent position. These ligament injuries most commonly occur during vehicle collisions.
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries – Most often caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee, these types of injuries involve the ligaments located on the sides of your knee. During a car accident, collateral ligament injuries can occur if a driver is rear-ended by another car going at high speed.
  • Meniscal Tears – Meniscus tissue provides the bones in your knees with the cushion they need to move and flex comfortably. The meniscus can be fragile, and just a simple twist, turn, or blow may cause it to tear.
  • Tendon Tears – Tendon tears most commonly occur when the knee is subjected to a direct, front-facing blow. The high-impact of the trauma can cause the tendon to stretch, fracture, or completely break.

After a car accident, it is essential for drivers to be aware of any knee-injury symptoms, such as pain, popping sounds, weakness, swelling, immobility, and limping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

Did you suffer a severe knee injury in a car accident that was not your fault? If so, you could be entitled to compensation from the person or party responsible. Contact a New York car accident lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live online. Our team will sit down with you and discuss your knee injury and how we can help you get the justice and fair compensation you’re owed. 

 

 


Driving on Black Ice

Driving during the winter not only means dealing with frosted windshields, colder temperatures, and snowy roadways — it also means dealing with black ice. “Black” ice isn’t really black, it’s transparent. This is why it has the potential to be so dangerous. Often times, drivers on the road aren’t able to detect the black ice until it’s too late. Accidents involving black ice can be terrifying, as they often involve multiple vehicles and serious injuries. By understanding how to handle driving in situations with black ice, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

What is Black Ice?

Black ice can form on roads, sidewalks, and driveways after a light freezing rain, or the melting and refreezing of snow. Because it forms without bubbles, it appears transparent. This quality effectively makes black ice transparent, and difficult to detect on the road in advance.

Where and When to Expect Black Ice 

Typically, black ice forms either at night or in the early mornings when temperatures are lowest. Black ice will be most commonly located in areas where there isn’t much sunshine, such as along a tree-lines route or tunnel. If roads are less frequently traveled on, black ice is more likely to be present.

How to Tell if You’re Driving On Black Ice 

In the right lighting conditions, it is sometimes possible to detect black ice on the roads. If you see a smooth, glossy surface on the pavement, black ice is most likely present. Sometimes, cars ahead of you may seem to swerve or slow down for no apparent reason. However, this may be due to the presence of black ice on the road.

Driving Over Black Ice

If you do encounter black ice on the road, remember that it is very important to stay calm. Do not immediately hit your brakes, as this could cause your vehicle to spin out. Instead, take your foot completely off the gas, and keep your steering wheel straight. Try to do as little as possible until your car passes over the ice.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers must be extra cautious on roadways during the winter. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck because of a reckless or negligent driver who failed to exercise caution when driving in inclement weather, you have the right to seek compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident lawyers can help you get the justice that you deserve when you call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case. 

 

 

 


Safety Tips for Winter Drivers

When the seasons begin to change and temperatures fall, icy roads can become a hazard for many drivers. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), “over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement annually.” This means that drivers must exercise extra caution when traveling on pavement that’s been frosted over. To reduce your risk of being involved in a serious car accident because of the winter weather, you can follow these tips:

 Stay Inside

When weather conditions are less than favorable, it’s important to remember that you should only go out when it’s absolutely necessary. In many cases, the most severe car accidents can be avoided by just staying inside.

Be Prepared

To ensure that your vehicle drives as safely and efficiently as possible, have it regularly maintained. This includes making sure your lights, brakes, and tires are all functioning properly.

Take It Slow

The amount of traction that your car’s tires have on the pavement is significantly reduced by ice and snow. This means that driving too fast can increase your vehicle’s chances of skidding or spinning out. Don’t take the risk of speeding on an icy road — slow down.

Increase Your Following Distance

Because it takes longer for your vehicle to come to a full stop on icy roads, increase the distance between your car and the car in front of you while driving. This will decrease your chances of rear-ending someone because you couldn’t stop in time.

Apply Your Brakes Gently

Remember, your car loses traction when you’re driving it over icy, slippery roads. If you apply your brakes too quickly, you risk the chance of skidding and spinning out. 

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident because of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to seek legal action. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we will guide you through the necessary steps to secure financial compensation, and help you move on with your life.


Drunk Driving: How Much Is Too Much?

Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is never a good decision. Not only is it a criminal offense, it carries the potential to result in a devastating collision. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people are killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers in the United States every day. This equates to roughly one death every 50 minutes.

Encountering an intoxicated driver on the road is a very real risk. Since 1993, over 100 million people each year have self-reported getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink. “Too much” can mean different amounts of alcohol for different people, depending on height and weight.

Fortunately, there is a system to medically define a person’s intoxication level. According to data from Stanford University, blood alcohol concentration levels (BAC) refer to the percentage of alcohol within a person’s bloodstream. Drivers with BAC levels of more than 0.08% are significantly more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents.

It is important to understand the kind of effects alcohol can have on an intoxicated driver. Here is some information on what different BAC levels can have on someone who is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

BAC 0.02%  

  • Changed mood
  • Increased body temperature
  • Judgement loss
  • Decreased visual function
  • Decreased ability to multitask

BAC 0.05%

  • Impaired response time
  • Decreased coordination
  • Decreased ability to steer
  • Altered judgement
  • Reduced muscle control

BAC 0.08%

  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Reduced ability to detect danger
  • Impaired speed control
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of short-term memory

BAC 0.10%

  • Swerving, skidding between lanes
  • Heavily impaired reaction time and muscle coordination
  • Inability to judge risks in certain situations
  • Lack of motor control
  • Inability to use brakes appropriately

BAC 0.15%

  • Vomiting can take place during this stage of intoxication
  • Extreme loss of balance and motor control
  • Inability to focus
  • Heavily impaired vision and judgment
  • Extreme loss of short and long-term memory

Contact a New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a car accident because of an intoxicated driver, you have the right to pursue legal action. No one should have to suffer through the devastating consequences of someone else’s poor choices. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we will fight for justice on your behalf. Our experienced team of attorneys will do everything possible to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

 


Uber Accidents: The Cost of Convenience

For many people, using a ride-share application like Uber can be a much safer alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a 2017 study by Stonehill and Providence Colleges, the use of Uber has reduced DUI’s and alcohol-related accidents by as much as 62 percent in observed areas.

However, those who use the ridesharing services or who share the road with Uber drivers are still at risk of being involved in severe and potentially fatal collisions. According to a 2016 report from the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), Uber-affiliated vehicles were involved in 753 injury-causing accidents. Although a representative from Uber stated that this data was inaccurate, TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg stood by the organization’s studies.

 “Measuring incidents solely by a vehicle’s base affiliation attribute incidents to Uber bases even when other services are dispatching drivers,” said Wing from Uber. However, Fromberg highlighted the importance of matching cars to bases, stating that the agency’s methods “[provide] a level of accountability that is central to public safety and consumer protection.”

Since 2016, the monthly number of Uber’s active global users has increased from 50 million to 110 million, providing nearly 15 million rides per day to customers worldwide. In New York alone, ride-share applications like Uber gave an average of over 15 million trips per month by the end of 2017. With more and more consumers gravitating toward ride-share apps like Uber, a new report from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business estimates that as much as 2 to 4 percent of collisions in a studied area may be due to ride-sharing applications. According to this study, ridesharing services like Uber increase the number of cars out on the road, effectively contributing to traffic congestion and crowding on the road.

Because Uber drivers are technically considered contractors instead of employees, Uber can deny liability for collisions. In their terms and conditions, the company states that it cannot be held responsible for the negligence of its drivers. However, there are some cases in which Uber may be held responsible.  

Contact a New York Uber Accident Attorney

Have you been injured in a collision because of the negligent actions of an Uber driver? Hach & Rose, LLP wants you to know that you have the right to seek compensation if your accident was caused by negligence. Although ridesharing services and injury lawsuits against them are relatively new, our experienced team of attorneys has the knowledge to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Uber Accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.


Speed Cameras Work: Collisions Significantly Reduced at Intersections With Cameras

Photo: Kevin Coughlin/State of New York

The city’s school-zone camera program was expanded in July, adding 40 cameras across the city each month and the operating hours for the systems were expanded. The number of cameras will have expanded from 140 cameras to 750 camera systems by next June.

Perhaps the most significant factor in reducing the number of traffic accidents in these zones across the city was not just the number of cameras but the hours in which they operate. With the systems online and working from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (not just during school hours), the statistics show that traffic incidents have dramatically decreased.

Drivers are clearly slowing down, as proven by the dramatic reduction in the number of tickets issued, and the number of accidents at these intersections. Statistics show that there was a more than 10 percent decrease in collisions across the five boroughs from July to October as compared to the same time period in 2018.

State Senator Andrew Gounardes told StreetsBlog

Speed cameras work. Period. They change driver behavior and cause people to slow down, protecting New Yorkers from injury and death in traffic collisions.”

While total crashes increased in 2015 and 2016, school zone cameras have largely disrupted the trend. With the numbers returning so favorably, it is only a matter of time until city politicians realize that red light cameras are not just a source of ticket revenue, but actually encourage drivers to slow down. This behavioral adjustment undoubtedly saves lives.

Unfortunately, accidents still happen across New York City. Whether they are caused by reckless driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, or any one of the countless common factors that result in severe injury accidents, innocent people still get hurt far too often. When this happens, they have the right to seek fair compensation from the individual who caused them harm.

Contact Us

Hach & Rose, LLP has built a reputation in New York as being the firm to turn to if you’re hurt in a car accident, truck accident, bike accident, or a pedestrian crash. Our trial lawyers have been recognized for their compassionate treatment of their clients and aggressiveness at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. If you’ve been hurt, our team can help. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or fill out a contact form to discuss how we can help you today.

 

 

 


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