Rollover accidents, as the name implies, are accidents where a vehicle tips over and either rolls over or comes to rest upside down. These actually represent a small percentage of accidents overall, however, they account for 30% of all vehicle fatalities, making them one of the most dangerous accidents. Rollover accidents increase the risk of vehicle occupants being ejected and suffering fatal injuries. These accidents can result in death and serious injuries that can cause disabling conditions and massive medical bills. If a rollover accident is caused by another driver’s negligence, they can be held legally responsible for any harm that results. In order to hold a negligent driver responsible for the harm that they caused, the injured party can bring a personal injury lawsuit in New Jersey (or the jurisdiction where the accident occurred). 

Deadly Van Rollover on New Jersey Parkway 

A passenger van that was being used to shuttle factory workers from their place of employment in New York to their residences in New Jersey was involved in a rollover accident on the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey. The van was carrying 12 individuals at the time of the crash. When police arrived at the scene, the van was totaled and upside down. The police stated that several individuals were trapped inside the van, and four individuals inside the van were pronounced dead at the scene. A rescue effort was quickly implemented and a number of people who were freed from the van had to be immediately flown to hospitals. All eight surviving individuals suffered varying degrees of injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The driver of the van was among those killed in the accident. Party City confirmed that some of the passengers in the van worked in their upstate New York factory, but said that the driver was not one of their employees. The police have now managed to identify the four people killed in the crash and have notified their families. Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash and did not indicate what may have caused it.

How to Recover Damages After a Rollover Crash

In order to recover damages after a rollover accident, the injured party must be able to show that another party or driver was responsible for causing the crash. Rollover crashes are often caused due to a negligent driver, but can also be caused if the driver of the vehicle loses control due to a vehicle or component defect or malfunction. In that case, the component or vehicle manufacturer may be able to be held liable. Of course, rollover accidents can also be caused due to speeding, taking turns too quickly, and reckless driving on the part of the driver, so it is important to determine the cause of the accident in order to know whether you have standing to bring a claim. Once you have determined a liable party, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against them. You must be able to show that they were negligent and that their negligence was the cause of the injuries that you sustained. You must also be able to show that your injuries were both physical and financial. This is generally shown with medical bills and evidence of other expenses, such as lost wages.

Damages for a Rollover Vehicle Accident

If you are successful in bringing a personal injury claim for a rollover accident, you will be entitled to receive a monetary award equal to the damages that you have suffered. This means that you will receive compensation for all expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury, as well as for the pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering damages are calculated based on your amount of economic damages as well as the permanence and severity of your injury. There are a number of factors that can affect the value of your claim. If you would like to get an understanding of how much your claim may be worth, schedule a consultation with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights.

Talk to the Lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein Today 

If you have suffered serious injuries as the result of a New Jersey rollover accident or vehicle collision, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein will fight to get you the maximum settlement that you are entitled to. Contact Lependorf & Silverstein today to schedule a consultation.

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over thirty years.

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