NY SUV Rollover Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 280,000 rollover accidents occur each year, contributing to over 10,000 yearly auto accident fatalities. Although these statistics includes both cars and SUVs, neither of the vehicles are subject to a federally enforced rollover standard. The NY SUV Rollover Accident Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates feels this is particularly concerning, as over twice as many fatalities occur in these types of accidents.
To make matters worse, many vehicle manufacturers refuse to place standard rollover warnings in their SUVs in order to increase confidence and thus sales. Yet SUVs are far from safe. The heightened center of gravity makes it highly unstable in sharp turns. This is aggravated by the typically narrow track or tire stance that is common of SUVs. A typical accident happens when a SUV flips onto its roof or side during a car accident. Once a SUV is tilted off-balance in a sharp turn or maneuver, hitting a soft shoulder or soil, a curb, or roadside ditch sets the rollover sequence in motion.
But not only are SUVs far more likely to rollover in an accident, these accidents are also far more dangerous due to what the legal team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates believes is unacceptable roof support and protection. When a sports utility vehicle is in a rollover accident, often passengers are subject to roof crush due to weaker roof construction and failing roof pillars. The lack of proper roof support results in increased injury and death, allowing the driver and passengers to become unnecessarily crushed during the rollover process.
These characteristics can be life-changing for the SUV owner who is injured in an accident. We are concerned with you and your loved ones injury and/or death caused by a serious motor vehicle accident. We know that common physical effects can include, but are not limited to:
- Severe brain injury
- Devastating spinal cord injury
- Debilitating broken bones
- Tragic amputation
- Wrongful death
Our staff has discovered that some causes of these accidents are beyond your control. A defective product, inappropriate or lack of safety features, and mechanical failure can all contribute to an accident. If you were involved in a serious car accident caused or influenced by any of these factors, contact us immediately to go over your legal rights and options. You may be eligible for a product liability claim filing against your car manufacturer.
Our firm here to help you and we want to guide you as you seek for legal justice. It is important to remember that if you or a loved one has been injured, you could be entitled to compensation you’re your injuries which can include reimbursement for medical expenses, missed time from work, as well as pain and suffering. Please call us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.