NYC SUV Accident
SUVs or sport utility vehicles are fun to drive and can be a great way to explore off-road landscapes; however, there are dangers that come with driving these vehicles that many people aren't aware of. According to recent data released by the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were over 300,000 accidents in 2008, a significant number of which involved SUVs. What makes an SUV particularly dangerous, according to our skilled NYC SUV Accident Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, is that their high center of gravity makes them susceptible to rolling over in an accident. In fact, a majority of accidents involving a sport utility vehicle include rollovers. It's ironic, but what people seem to love most about SUVs (they're big and designed for off-road use) are the very things that make them dangerous to drive.
Our legal team says that there have been over 10,000 fatalities due to a rollover SUV accident. In fact, rollover accidents account for 33% of all traffic-related fatalities, and 35% percent of those accidents involved a sport utility vehicle.
Our NYC Personal Injury Lawyers say there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of being in a serious SUV accident. The first thing you should do is to carefully read your owner's manual, especially the section on safe operation. It should tell you which situations to avoid in order to lessen your risk of an accident. Also, be careful not to add extra weight to the top of your sport utility vehicle. Since these vehicles are top heavy, adding more weight will increase the likelihood of a rollover. Additionally, be wary of driving off-road in unfamiliar terrain. An unexpected turn taken at high speeds can spell disaster.
When a person gets injured in an accident, they may find themselves unable to work for extended periods of time. A rollover accident can cause numerous serious injuries including spinal injury, internal bleeding, broken back, head injury and broken bones. If you've found yourself seriously injured in car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, contact our legal team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates to find out what your legal options are.
Our firm will help you through the healing process by dealing with insurance companies and handling the complicated legal aspects of your case while you concentrate on getting better. While healing is your top priority, you should discuss your case with our legal team as soon as possible to help determine if a sport utility vehicle flaw or malfunction is the direct cause of your accident. In addition, our lawyers are able to handle other personal injury cases such as a construction accident case, slip and fall accident case, lead paint injury case and a train accident case.
If you or a loved one are suffering from an injury caused by any type of motor vehicle accident, contact our staff to schedule a free consultation. Please contact us at 800.696.9529. Or you may contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, our office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.