New York City SUV Rollover Accident

When a car rolls over, the occupants are more likely to suffer serious injuries. This is particularly the case when SUVs are involved. SUVs are often designed with weak roofs that are prone to collapse during rollovers. As a result, victims are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries and neck injuries that lead to quadriplegia and paraplegia. When such accidents are caused by the negligence of someone other than the victim, the victim has the right to demand that the negligent person pay damages for the victim’s medical expenses and other economic and non-economic losses. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are committed to making sure that those whose negligence caused victims to suffer injuries are held accountable and are made to pay just compensation to the victims. If you have been seriously injured in an accident that involved an SUV rolling over, contact an experienced New York City SUV rollover accident lawyer who will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Pursuing an SUV rollover accident claim

Most auto accidents, including SUV rollover accidents, are governed by laws related to negligence. If an SUV rollover accident was caused by someone’s negligence, then injured victims have the right to demand compensation from the negligent person. However, before you can be awarded compensation, you, as the plaintiff, must prove that each of the four elements of a negligence claim exists: duty, breach, injury and loss.

  • Duty. You must show that the person who caused the SUV accident had a duty of care. With car accidents, New York law establishes that all drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with care in order to avoid putting others at risk. The law specifically makes it illegal to drive recklessly.
  • Breach. A driver would have breached his (or her) duty to drive with care if he speeds, runs through a red light, tailgates or breaks any other traffic law.
  • Injury. You must show that as a result of the breach of duty you suffered an injury. If you suffered a serious injury such as a head, back, neck or spinal cord injury in the accident, then there would be a link between the breach of duty and your injuries.
  • Loss. You must show that you suffered a monetary loss. It is not enough to simply say that you were injured, or to have suffered a minor injury that required little or no treatment. You must produce proof of serious injuries such as medical bills and receipts.

Keep in mind that even if it is clear that you have evidence that proves that the defendant was negligent and that you suffered a loss, the defendant and his insurance company may try to minimize the defendant’s role in the accident. After years of experience representing car accident victims, we know that insurance companies will try to settle the case without paying you the compensation to which you are entitled. We are here to make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair settlement.

Hypothetical

Early one morning John was driving his SUV along with 3 passengers. John was driving at a reasonable speed when he came upon a sharp curve. John failed to slow down and properly navigate the curve. As a result the SUV rolled over and its roof collapsed. John and 2 of the passengers suffered minor injuries. However, Tara, the third passenger in the SUV, suffered serious injuries including a broken neck. As a result of her neck injury Tara is now a quadriplegic. Tara was devastated by the accident. She contacted an SUV rollover accident attorney in New York City to help her file a claim against John. She felt that John was at fault for driving too fast around the curve.

The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help

Determining the cause of an SUV rollover accident may turn on complicated evidentiary issues such as accident-scene evidence, the police report, and witness statements. Thus, if you have been seriously injured in an accident it is critical to immediately contact an attorney with experience and resources to properly investigate your case. Contact the SUV rollover accident attorneys serving clients in New York City at 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 accidents. 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.

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