Manhattan SUV Rollover Accident
Thousands of SUV rollover accidents occur each year. These accidents happen when a SUV tips from an upright position onto either its side or roof, often rolling several times. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people die in vehicle rollover accidents annually. In fact, the fatality risk in an SUV rollover accident is double that of a car accident. Generally speaking, these accidents are due to the fact that SUVs’ center of gravity is higher than most vehicles, and even more so, the tire width is narrower than necessary. This poor design directly affects your safety when making sharp turns. Although it is well known that SUVs have a higher rollover risk, manufacturers are not designing the body of the vehicle to withstand such accidents. Poor roof support, including weak framing and lack of roof pillars can lead to more serious injuries. A rollover SUV accident can cause serious injuries including head trauma, spinal injury, paralysis, burns and even quadriplegia. If you have been seriously injured in an SUV accident, contact an experienced Manhattan 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
Victims injured in SUV rollover 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 your loved one died in the accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.Manhattan SUV Rollover Accident Lawyer
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 Stephen Bilkis and 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: