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SUV Rollover Accidents

Driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV) dramatically increases the risk of suffering an injury in a rollover accident. Due to the elevated height of SUVs', they possess a higher center of gravity, making them significantly more likely to roll over in an accident. In many instances an SUV rolling over in an accident is the result of negligent manufacturing. As a result, drivers who have suffered injuries in rollover accidents may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of their vehicle. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool our New York SUV accident attorney have experience handling cases where an SUV rolled over leading to a passenger's injury. Our car accident attorneys understand how to prove liability in these types of cases and are committed to helping secure our clients the compensation they deserve. As a result, we pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.

Have you been injured in an accident where your SUV rolled over? If so, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. For a free review of your legal options call 212.406.1700 or contact us online.

Did Negligence Cause Your Rollover Accident?

While SUV's are more prone to rollovers than other vehicles, they are designed to remain upright. Furthermore, car manufacturers implement safety features in SUV's intended to prevent passengers from getting injured should their car rollover. The manufacturers may have acted negligently if any of the following caused the accident or injury:

  • The SUV's manufacturer failed to install a roll cage
  • Airbags failed to deploy
  • Faulty seats
  • Seatbelts failed to hold passengers
  • The manufacturer failed to install body reinforcements in the vehicle
  • Mechanical failure
  • Poorly manufactured tires or broken safety latches

In some instances injured drivers and passengers may be able to sue the driver of the car that caused the accident. Additionally, injured drivers may also have a case against the government if they were negligent in their construction of the road.

Injured individuals should also keep in mind that negligence in and of itself does not provide grounds for a lawsuit. To have a valid lawsuit, the victim must be able to prove that negligence was directly responsible for their injury. Furthermore, the victim must show that their injury caused them to suffer either financial or emotional damages.

What Compensation is Available to Victims of SUV Accidents?

Individuals who have suffered injuries in an SUV accident may be eligible to receive compensation for any economic or non-economic damages incurred.

Economic damages available to victims include:

Lost Wages: If the SUV accident caused serious injury to the victim, they may be forced to miss work for an extended period of time. As a result, the victim may be able to recoup compensation for any lost wages that occur due to their injury. Furthermore, if the injury is debilitating, victims may receive compensation for any damage the injury causes their future earning potential.

Medical Bills: Injuries sustained in SUV accidents are often severe and can necessitate multiple surgical procedures. As a result, victims may be able to receive compensation for any medical bills related to the injury that are uncovered by insurance. Additionally, victim may be able to receive compensation for any future medical procedures necessitated by the injury.

Non-economic damages available include:

Pain and Suffering: Victims may be able to receive compensation for any long-term pain and suffering caused by the accident, such as emotional trauma or permanent scarring.

When an SUV accident proves fatal, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. In a wrongful death lawsuit, families can recover compensation for any economic or non-economic damages incurred by their loved one's death. Economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include loss of an essential wage, funeral costs, and medical bills incurred before death. Families can also receive compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering before death, loss of consortium, and loss of parental guidance.

How Can a Vehicle Accident Lawyer Help You?

Due to the complexities involved in personal injury lawsuits, it is important for victims to retain a skilled vehicle accident lawyer. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York car accident lawyers will handle all aspects of the legal process for our clients. Our attorneys will investigate the accident, interview witnesses, file the claim, negotiate settlements where appropriate, and pursue maximum compensation in court. Furthermore our firm will hire accident reconstruction experts who will help prove liability and testify on our client's behalf in court. Our process has led to numerous successful verdicts and settlements, many of which greater than $1 million.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in an SUV accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, call 212.406.1700 or fill out our online review form. We will review your case to see how our attorneys may be able to help you.

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