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Vehicle Rollover

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Car accident attorneys assisting victims of vehicle rollovers in New York and Long Island.

SUV accidents are among the most frequent of vehicle rollovers, particularly those involving Ford Explorers, Toyota 4-Runners and Honda Passports, which had a known manufacturing defect that removed the roll bar, a crucial safety function.

In cases where a vehicle rollover results in serious or life-threatening injuries, victims may discover that the responsible driver and his or her insurance carrier will attempt to deny any liability. In complex situations like these, a seasoned car accident lawyer in New York can help outline the legal options available for recovering the compensation you deserve.

Representing injury victims in the greater New York metro area for almost five decades, The Sanders Firm has proven experience in auto accident litigation arising arising from vehicle defects and driver negligence. We understand the devastating effects of catastrophic car accident injuries, and are dedicated to seeking and securing justice on behalf of innocent victims.

Vehicle rollovers are known for their grim consequences, and statistically speaking cause a higher proportion of catastrophic injury and occupant death compared with other motor vehicle collisions. When negligence or auto defects are to blame, serious personal injuries sustained in an accident often equate to substantial monetary damages for victims. But these can only be obtained if you partner with attorneys who are well-versed in rollover car accident claims.

Serious injuries common in rollover accidents

Thanks to better design in usually top-heavy sports utility vehicles (SUVs), the driver-death rate among newer (less than three years old) passenger vehicles plummeted from 27 in 2000 to just 6 fatalities in 2012. While this is good news, rollovers still account for just over 30 percent of people killed while riding as passenger.

Some of the more common injuries sustained in a rollover accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Trauma to the head and neck
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Herniated or rupture discs and other back injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal organ damage

For those who survive a rollover crash, injuries sustained may be permanent in nature. More severe types of spinal cord trauma can lead to paralysis, and a traumatic brain injury may render one in need of 24-7 in-home nursing care.  Medical expenses for doctor visits, medication and surgeries can mount quickly, putting victims and their loved ones under tremendous financial strain.

At The Sanders Firm, our attorneys work in collaboration with a team of skilled investigators, health care experts and accident reconstructionists who can help determine liability and better evaluate the impact of your injuries over the course of your life. We use this vital information to more accurately assess the true value of your claim, before we file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.

Determining liability in a rollover accident

Vehicle rollover accidents in New York can be challenging to litigate without the right team of attorneys. To establish legal responsibility for this type of auto accident, your lawyer must carefully analyze factors such as driver negligence, manufacturing or road defects and potential design flaws.

At Sanders, we know that rollovers involving only one vehicle are almost always caused when the vehicle “trips” on something, whether a roadside shoulder, pothole or curb. In fact, government statistics show that some 95 percent of all rollover accidents can be traced back to trips. Though safety features have been improved upon in recent years, many older models of trucks and SUVs — with a high center of gravity — have inadequate means to withstand a rollover crash, leaving occupants at great risk for injury or death when the roof collapses.

Whether your accident was caused by faulty tires, a defective roll bar, poor road design or the reckless driving of another motorist, you need the assistance of a NY personal injury attorney familiar with this area of car accident litigation, who can effectively fight for the maximum compensation you need to move on with your life. You need the expertise of The Sanders Firm.

Types of compensation available to plaintiffs

Getting the help and advice of the right car accident attorneys in New York  makes all the difference in terms of securing just compensation for your injuries. You deserve the best legal advocacy, and The Sanders Firm can provide it.

Our team of trial lawyers is committed to your cause, and will work to recover fair compensation to account for all economic and non-economic losses.

A successful car accident lawsuit can net damages for:

  • Lost income
  • All medical expenses – past, present and future
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • In-home rehab or nursing care
  • Burial expenses in the event of death

SUV rollover accident lawsuit in New York

If you or someone you love has been injured or died as a result of a car, truck or SUV rollover in New York, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Long Island, The Sanders Firm is here to help. We offer all prospective clients a free, no-obligation consultation to help you determine whether filing a New York car accident lawsuit is the right course of action.

To learn more about your rights to legal recourse, please call our offices toll-free at 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).


  1. Accident Reconstruction Journal, The Causes of Injury in Rollover Accidents, http://www.e-z.net/~ts/web-6-1-06/~docs/The%20Causes%20of%20%20Injury%20in%20Rollover%20Accidents3.pdf 

  2. Consumer Reports, Rollover 101 http://consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/rollover-101/index.htm 

  3. U.S. Department of Transportation, An Analysis of Motor Vehicle Rollover Crashes and Injury Outcomes, www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810741.pdf