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Brooklyn SUV Accident

More and more people choose to purchase SUVs over traditional sedans. SUVs are appealing for many reasons. They offer a great deal of cargo space and are capable of carrying many individuals at once. Some are ideal for winter driving. These are all positive things, until you suffer an injury as a result of an SUV-related accident. With the rise in the number of SUVs, there has been a marked rise in the number of accidents involving SUVs. Many SUV accidents are rollover accidents. This unusually high rollover rate is due to the way SUVs are designed. SUVs have a higher center of gravity, narrow wheel bases, and less visibility than a standard motor vehicle. An SUV accident can result in serious injuries to the driver and passengers, including a broken bones, spinal injury, internal bleeding, back injury, neck injury, paralysis, or a severe head injury. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been seriously injured in an SUV accident due to the negligence of another person, it is important that you contact an experienced Brooklyn SUV accident lawyer to discuss your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries, including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.

SUV safety concerns

One reason that SUVs have become popular is because many consumers believe they are safe due to their large size. However, because they are taller and heavier than traditional sedans, they are actually more likely to be involved in rollover accidents than sedans. Statistics report that 37% of all SUV accidents involve rollovers. Fatalities often occur with rollover accidents because the roof of the vehicle collapses. Few of these vehicles are fit with appropriate roll bars, and the roof takes the brunt of impact in a rollover. Victims of SUV rollover accidents tend to suffer serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and broken bones.

For example, Mary, a 35-year-old mother of 4 suffered a serious neck injury that lead to quadriplegia when she driving her SUV and was involved in an accident. Her 1995 SUV rolled over as a result of the accident. Because of vehicle's documented propensity to roll over, and because of the inadequate roof crush resistance, Mary suffered the catastrophic injury.

Personal injury or wrongful death claim

Victims injured in SUV accidents and their families are often left in deep financial distress. Not only do they have significant medical bills, they are often unable to work for extended periods due to their injuries. The problem is compounded if the injured person had been the family's primary source of income.

Holding the parties responsible for the accident will help alleviate financial stress caused by the accident. In a personal injury lawsuit or in product liability lawsuit you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, including emergency room fee, fees associated with an extended stay in the hospital, surgery, rehabilitation, prescriptions and medical equipment. In addition, you will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.

You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering refers to not only physical pain, but also for emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the severity of your injuries.

If a family member was killed in an SUV accident, you may be able to pursue damages by filing a wrongful death suit. Your claim can include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future income.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Determining the cause of an SUV accident may turn on complicated evidentiary issues. Thus, if you have been injured in an SUV accident it is critical to immediately contact an attorney with experiencing handling SUV accidents. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people injured in SUV accidents as well as auto accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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