Queens SUV Rollover Accidents

An SUV rollover accident occurs when an SUV flips onto its roof. Such accidents can occur for numerous reasons, but once a driver loses control of the vehicle, curbs, soft shoulders, gravel and ditches are only a few factors which can cause a rollover accident. Over the past couple of decades SUVs have become widely popular. Individuals and family are attracted to their roominess. They also feel that their large size automatically makes them safer than a smaller sedan. Unfortunately, with some SUVs that is not the case at all since an SUV is more likely to rollover in an accident than a sedan. When a rollover SUV accident it is almost inevitable that the occupants of the SUV will suffer serious injuries. One of the most common type of injury in a rollover accident is trauma to the head. As the vehicle rolls over gravity will cause the passengers to shift toward the roof of the car, leading to head and brain injuries. An injury to the head can also cause injuries to the spinal cord. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you have been seriously injured in an SUV accident, contact an experienced Queens personal injury attorney who will review the facts of your case and explain to you the process for pursuing the maximum compensation possible for the losses you suffered.

Causes of SUV rollover accidents

Because of the design of SUVs, rollovers can occur even when another vehicle was not involved. For instance, if there was something in the road that trips the SUV such as a pothole or the curb the result could be the SUV falling over on it side or rolling down an embankment. Other causes of single vehicle SUV rollover accidents are shifting loads and problems with the tires such as under-inflation.

In cases involving other vehicles, an SUV can rollover in practically any type accident. The most common types of car accidents are caused by speeding, running red lights, distracted driving and drunk driving. A collision with an SUV caused by an of these reckless activities could lead to the SUV rolling over—particularly if high speeds are involved.

Personal injury claim

Car accident injuries can be tricky. In some cases the injuries appear immediately, while in other cases the severity of the injury becomes apparent over time. If you are in an SUV rollover accident make sure that you immediately seek medical treatment so that a doctor can give you a thorough exam and document and treat any injuries.

Severe injuries such as injuries to the head, brain, neck or back will likely require visits to the emergency room, hospital, and doctor’s office. Treatment may require surgery and rehabilitation. You may need special equipment and medication. The bills related to your treatment may be substantial. You will probably be concerned about how to pay these bills. Under New York law you can file a claim against the negligent person who caused the accident and demand that he or she pay your medical bills.

In that same claim, you can also demand that that person pay your lost wages which includes your missed paychecks, lost benefits, lost opportunities at work and loss of future earning capacity. Furthermore, you can even demand that the negligent party pay you for the pain and suffering you endured.

In addition, if a family member died in the SUV rollover accident, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, under New York law only the deceased’s personal representative has the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Hypothetical

53-year-old Henry J. was driving home from the grocery store when the SUV he was driving ran through a stop sign and slammed into Henry’s SUV. The SUV rolled over. Henry suffered serious injuries including a ruptured spleen, ruptured aorta, and spinal cord injuries. Henry was not able to return to his job as a college professor for an entire school year. Henry filed a lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle and was awarded substantial damages.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you are injured in an SUV rollover accident you may be tempted to agree to the settlement offered to you by the insurance companies. However, to ensure that you rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation possible based on the facts of your case, it is important to refrain from settling right away. Instead, get in touch with an attorney with experience. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your accident. Our staff is experienced in representing clients injured in SUV rollover accidents as well as other types of 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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