Rollover SUV Accident Lawyers
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For over 39 years, Montlick & Associates has been helping personal injury victims and their families obtain justice by aggressively pursuing the monetary compensation they deserve after becoming injured or losing a loved one in an accident. With billions of dollars recovered for our clients, Our Experience Pays!™*
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV accident caused by someone else's negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free consultation.** Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.
The Potentially Deadly Issue of SUV Rollover Accidents
Sports utility vehicles, most commonly referred to as SUVs, are convenient, stylish, and immensely popular in the U.S. However, these vehicles can be deadly. About 11,000 people die in SUV accidents every year. Many of those fatal crashes were rollover accidents. In fact, SUVs account for just over half of all auto fatalities that involve only one vehicle. Part of the reason why SUVs crashes frequently result in the death of occupants is the frequency with which SUVs rollover. Statistics show that 37 percent of fatal SUV crashes were rollover accidents. By contrast, about fifteen percent of fatal passenger car wrecks were rollovers.
If the accident victims are fortunate enough to survive an SUV rollover, they could face catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, internal bleeding, damage to organs, amputation, and others.
Despite the obvious rollover danger SUVs present, many people will purchase or lease an SUV based on the expectation that SUVs are safer than other vehicle designs. One survey showed that 40 percent of people surveyed formed an opinion that SUVs provide greater protection than passenger cars. Regrettably, the statistics do not measure up with consumer expectations.
What Causes SUVs to Roll in Accidents?
The unique design of SUVs, coupled with engineering flaws, defective parts, and driver error, cause rollover accidents. There are two aspects of the SUVs’ design that together contribute to rollover accidents. First, the center of gravity, meaning the middle of the SUV, is raised off of the ground. Second, the wheelbase for an SUV is narrower than the typical passenger car.
The rollover phenomenon is caused by “tripping.” Similar to when a person trips while walking, when the tire strikes an object and the wheels stop moving in a straight line, the change of direction forces the center of gravity and momentum in the direction in which the SUV was moving. The SUV rolls over when the center of gravity extends out further than the vehicle’s balance point. When that happens, the tires “trip” the vehicle onto its side. The speed of the maneuver will determine whether the SUV will roll onto its side or flip one or more times.
Additional Factors that Cause SUV Rollovers
SUVs are highly susceptible to rollover accidents from sudden terrain changes as well as mechanical failures. Common factors that can result in SUV rollovers are icy roads, roads saturated with water, uneven ground, negotiating sharp curves without prior warning, weakened braking system, failing vehicle suspension, absence of stabilization controls, tire failures, and driving the SUV with excessively heavy cargo.
Collisions with Other Vehicles
Crashes, even those at slower speeds, can also cause an SUV to roll. SUVs are prone to rollover if other vehicles strike them on the side, crashes which are referred to as “broadside,” or “T-bone” collisions. Impact on the side of the SUV places the weight of the vehicle over the outside of the wheels and rolls it over. Even swerving evasively to avoid a collision can throw the center of the vehicle’s mass side-to-side and may cause the SUV to roll.
SUV Rollover Trauma
Few people are fortunate enough to walk away from a rollover SUV accident. In a rollover collision, a passenger’s body can be violently thrown about in random directions in the interior of the vehicle, even if the passenger wore a seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbags deployed properly. A passenger in an SUV rollover accident who chose not to wear a seatbelt faces the specter of being ejected from the SUV, increasing the possibility of death or catastrophic injury
SUV Rollover Liability
More than one person or entity can be responsible for an SUV rollover accident. Any person or business entity whose negligence partially or wholly contributed to an accident can be held responsible for the accident victims’ losses in such cases. Victims of rollover incidents caused by negligent drivers can normally claim compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Past, present and future lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive or “Penalty” Damages if the defendant’s conduct is egregious, such as fleeing the scene of the accident or driving while intoxicated (subject to state law)
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
Legal Time Deadlines: Act Now to Preserve Your Right to Recover Maximum Compensation
All types of legal claims are subject to “statutes of limitations” or legal time deadlines.
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery. There are exceptions that can greatly shorten or even lengthen the deadline!
By way of example only, claims against governmental entities and/or municipalities often have shorter deadlines, depending on applicable law. In other cases, a combination of different types of legal claims may exist that involve different time frames, which may be due to multiple defendants and/or even the laws of more than one jurisdiction. Failure to comply with any critical deadline will result in permanent bar to your right to compensation. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and determine which statutes of limitation are applicable to your case.
Additionally, these legal doctrines and rules can be ambiguous or subject to narrow exceptions depending on the specific law and facts, so you should seek immediate legal advice to find out which rules may apply to your potential case.
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay. For example, most auto insurance policies contain their own contractual notification deadlines that, if allowed to lapse, can result in a denial of coverage. Additionally, witnesses can eventually forget what happened, and important evidence, such as items at the scene or video footage, can also disappear. Our SUV rollover accident attorneys take the required actions to preserve all-important legal deadlines and insurance notification deadlines on behalf of our clients.
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