Staten Island SUV Rollover Accident

Thousands of people have died in SUV rollover accidents since SUVs exploded in popularity 3 decades ago. SUVs have gained popularity over the years among consumers in New York and across the nation because of their spacious interiors and ability to easily navigate across nearly any terrain. Unfortunately, SUVs are more likely to be involved in rollover crashes than passenger cars. An estimated 10,000 people are killed, and 30,000 are injured each year as a result of SUV accidents. These accidents can be the result of impact with another vehicle or solo in nature. Often when it is a single vehicle accident, it is because the vehicle ran off the road and make contact with a ditch or soft shoulder. 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 Staten Island 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, an SUV accident can occur from poor weather conditions, 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.

Many consumers purchase a sport utility vehicle because they are under the impression that they are safer. However thousands of people are killed every year in an SUV accident because of weak roofs that collapse in a rollover accident. The structural pillars can collapse, injuring or at times even killing the occupants. Even more concerning, few vehicles actually meet National Highway Traffic and Safety Standards. When an SUV accident occurs, because few are fit with appropriate roll bars, the roof takes the brunt of the force.

Common SUV rollover accident injuries

The injuries sustained in SUV rollover accident are usually serious if not fatal, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and broken bones.

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.

Staten Island 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:

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