Our SUV rollover lawyers represent victims of rollover accidents involving sport utility vehicles, small vans, and light trucks. Rollover accidents take place everyday across the U.S. Even more daunting is the fact that rollover crashes are more likely to result in fatalities than any other type of auto accident. Rollover victims, and their family members, deserve fair compensation for their injuries.
Rollover crashes are typically caused by poor weather conditions, speeding, and motorists running or sliding off the side of a road. Injuries in these cases can include brain and neck injuries, concussions, broken bones, and back injuries.
Rollover injury victims can usually file an SUV rollover lawsuit against any of the following persons:
- a negligent motorist that caused a rollover,
- SUV manufacturers (in product liability cases),
- private landowners (in premises liability cases where an SUV driver is off-roading), and
- government agencies.
SUV rollover accident attorneys can file a suit against one of the above parties on a client’s behalf. Lawyers can also help:
- manage a client’s ongoing medical care and treatment,
- investigate cases and gather critical evidence to prove liability, and
- file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The Shouse Law Group is a California based personal injury firm that represents people injured in rollover and other car-related accidents. Our experienced attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Contact our law firm today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common types of ATV accidents and injuries?
SUV rollover accident cases are very real throughout the U.S. Consider the following statistics published by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- rollover crashes are more likely to result in fatalities than other types of crashes,
- rollover crashes constitute about one-fifth of all fatal crashes,
- the number of fatal SUV rollovers has more than doubled since 1991, and
- in about 40 percent of fatal single vehicle rollovers and 57 percent of multivehicle rollovers, investigating officers reported that no crash avoidance maneuvers preceded the crash.1
Common causes of SUV rollover accidents include:
- vehicles running or sliding off the road,
- poor weather conditions,
- icy or wet roads,
- collisions and motor vehicle accidents,
- unsafe road conditions,
- speeding, and
- sudden changes in pavement material.
Note that some SUVs, by their nature, are more prone to rollovers than passenger cars or another type of vehicle. Dangerous design elements in SUVs are that they are top heavy and include a:
- narrow wheelbase,
- high center of gravity (or at least a higher center of gravity compared to passenger vehicles), and
- lack of an electronic stability system.
Vehicle rollovers can result in severe auto accidents and serious injuries. Common injuries in these cases include:
- brain injury (including traumatic brain injury),
- head injuries,
- spinal cord injuries,
- neck fractures,
- back injuries, and
- other catastrophic injuries.
Note that drivers are likely to experience more severe injuries if they were not wearing seat belts or their autos had damaged roll bars at the time of a vehicle accident.
Who are common defendants in rollover cases?
SUV rollover accident lawyers generally file a rollover lawsuit or personal injury claim against:
- negligent motorists,
- SUV manufacturers,
- private landowners, and
- government agencies.
As to the latter, injured victims can sue a government agency if it was negligent in building or repairing a road or in upholding highway safety.
If a suit or claim is successful, rollover victims can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If a person was killed in a rollover car accident, his/her family can likely file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the accident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
What is the role of personal injury lawyers in SUV rollover accident cases?
SUV accident attorneys play a vital role in these type of personal injury cases.
Personal injury attorneys usually perform the following in the life of a rollover accident case:
- interview the accident victim, or his/her surviving family members, to learn the facts of the case and assess a victim’s damages,
- help the victim get initial medical attention and assist the party in managing his/her medical treatment,
- investigate the cause and circumstances of the accident,
- find any experts to assist in interpreting the case or gathering evidence to prove liability,
- issue a demand letter on behalf of the accident victim, and
- file a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf.
A “demand letter” is a document that a personal injury attorney sends to an at-fault party to notify the party that the victim intends to file an injury claim with the party’s insurance company.
What are the benefits of SUV rollover attorneys?
Car accident lawyers help their clients reach favorable settlements and verdicts. They help clients maximize their compensation because they understand the value of these cases and can even find value hidden in a case’s facts.
Injury attorneys also handle all of the complexities associated with an injury claim or a lawsuit. This means injury victims can focus on their health and healing.
The majority of rollover accident lawyers provide potential clients with free case evaluations. A free evaluation translates into people getting their legal questions answered without spending a dime.
Note that the communications at an evaluation or consultation are protected by the attorney-client relationship. Lawyers cannot disclose these communications to a third party without getting their client’s consent.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident, we invite you to contact our law office/law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our attorneys provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.
- U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Characteristics of Fatal Rollover Crashes.”