With the increasing popularity of SUVs these days, SUV accidents are not uncommon. As many as one in four vehicles sold in the United States is an SUV. Unfortunately, deaths from SUV accidents are on the rise. Thousands of people are killed every year in SUV accidents. Many of these accident are involve the SUV rolling over. SUVs are more likely to rollover because they have a higher center of gravity, narrow wheel bases, and less visibility than a standard motor vehicle. An SUV accident can result in serious injuries to the driver and passengers, including broken bones, a spinal cord injury, back injury, neck injury, paralysis, or a traumatic brain injury. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you were seriously injured as in a SUV accident contact an experienced Bronx SUV Accident Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your SUV accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.SUV Safety Concerns
SUVs are often purchased because people have the impression that they are safer, though thousands of people are killed every year because of SUV accidents. According to the Federal Consumer Protection Safety Act, 40% of Americans feel that and SUV is safer than a regular vehicle. Rollover accidents are the most common type of accidents regarding SUVs. Statistics report that 37% of all SUV accidents involved rollovers. Fatalities often occur with rollover accidents because the roof of the vehicle collapses. What is more concerning, very few SUVs meet the standards established by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Board. Few of these vehicles are fit with appropriate roll bars, and the roof takes the brunt of impact in a rollover.
One of the most common injuries seen in relation to an SUV accident is a head injury or brain trauma. It is reported that approximately 1/3 of all rollover accidents involve head injuries. There are various factors that will influence the severity of the injury however. Whether the victim was wearing a seat belt great influences the degree of head injury in a rollover accident. An unrestrained occupant can be thrown violently into the windshield or even out of the car in a rollover accident. Also the amount of head space in the vehicle, and whether the driver was wearing a seat belt will influence the degree of injury.
Unfortunately, SUV accidents and spinal injuries often go hand in hand. Statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Center report that approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries occur annually, and 255,000 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord injury. These types of injuries are life changing and medically expensive. Often times these injuries are permanent and can cause paraplegia and quadriplegia.Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim
Victims injured in SUV 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 a family member was killed in an SUV accident, you may be able to pursue damages by filing a wrongful death suit. Your claim can include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future income.Bronx SUV Accident Lawyer
Determining the cause of an SUV accident may turn on complicated evidentiary issues. Thus, if you have been injured in an SUV accident it is critical to immediately contact an attorney with experiencing handling SUV accidents. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims from people injured in SUV accidents as well as auto accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.