Brooklyn SUV Rollover Accident
SUVs, or sports utility vehicles, have become wildly popular over the last 30 years because of their spacious interiors and ability to easily navigate across nearly any terrain. In addition, because SUVs are so large and heavy many people believe that SUVs are safer than smaller sedans. Unfortunately, SUVs are more likely to be involved in rollover crashes than passenger cars. An estimated 10,000 people are killed, and 30,000 are injured each year as a result of SUV accidents. These accidents can be the result of impact with another vehicle or solo in nature. Often when it is a single vehicle accident, it is because the vehicle ran off the road and make contact with a ditch or soft shoulder. A rollover SUV accident can cause serious injuries including head trauma, spinal injury, paralysis, burns and even quadriplegia. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been seriously injured in an SUV accident, contact an experienced Brooklyn SUV Rollover Accident Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you the process for pursuing compensation for the losses you suffered.Causes of SUV rollover accidents
Like any type of vehicle accident, there are a variety of factors that can lead to an SUV accident such as speeding, distracted driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or hazardous road conditions. When an SUV runs off the road, the tendency is to over correct, which can cause fishtailing and loss of control, ultimately leading to a rollover accident. The high rollover rate is due to the way the SUVs are designed. They often have high centers of gravity, more blind spots, narrow wheel bases and are substantially heavier than a standard passenger car. Despite this, according to the Federal Consumer Protection Safety Act 40% of Americans believe that SUVs are safer that regular vehicles. Rollovers occurred in about 37% of all SUV crashes compared to 15% of passenger car crashes. Rollover crashes increase the chance of serious injury by 36%.Common SUV rollover accident injuries
The injuries sustained in SUV rollover accident are usually serious if not fatal. Because of the SUV roofs tend to be relatively week, during a rollover accident the roofs tend to collapse inward, causing serious harm or wrongful death to the vehicles occupants. Those who survive such accidents often suffer serious, permanent injuries and disabilities, such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, or neck injury.Personal injury claim
Just as it is unfair that victims of SUV accidents suffer serious injuries when the accident was caused because some else chose to be reckless, it is also unfair for the victim to shoulder the financial fallout of the accident. New York law agrees. Under the law accident victims can sue to make the negligent person pay. It is important that you do not “just let the insurance companies handle it.” Instead, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who will handled negotiation with the insurance companies and who will file a personal injury lawsuit if necessary to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
Severe injuries such as injuries to the brain, damage to the spinal cord, broken bones, and internal bleeding not only mean physical pain, such injuries will also mean substantial treatment time and missed work. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand compensation to help with the financial pain you will suffer as you recover.
- Medical expenses. You can demand compensation for medical expenses. Victims of SUV rollover accidents can suffer a wide range of injuries. For example, one of the most severe type of injury is a traumatic brain injury. If the brain injury is severe, there may be broad range of specialists who evaluate the victim. Treatment tends to involve a team approach. If the victim’s brain injury results in a coma, the victim may be moved to a long-term care facility. Victims who are in recovery from a traumatic brain injury may continue to need treatment from a team including a neuropsychologists and occupational therapists. When a team of professionals are involved and the treatment is long-term, the medical expenses are substantial. The law recognizes that it would be unfair for the victim to pay all of these expenses if the accident was caused by another person. Thus, through a personal injury lawsuit the victim can demand compensation for the medical expenses incurred related to the accident.
- Lost compensation. Similarly, the law also allows the victim to demand compensation from the negligent party for wages and other compensation lost due to the accident. Whether the injury is a brain injury, a broken leg, a burn, or deep cuts and bruises, victims of serious injuries general miss days, weeks and even months of work. In the most severe cases the victim is unable to ever return to work.
- Pain and suffering. If you suffered a broken leg that required surgery, you experienced pain. If lacerations to your face left deep scars, you suffered emotional anguish. You can demand payment for this type of pain and the suffering.
- Wrongful death. Sadly, SUV rollover accidents claim lives. The personal representative of a deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased.
Determining the cause of an SUV rollover accident may turn on complicated evidentiary issues. Thus, if you have been injured in an accident it is critical to immediately contact an attorney with experience. 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 rollover accidents as well as auto accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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.