New York SUV Accidents
With the increasing popularity of SUVs these days, SUV accidents are not uncommon. Statistics report that as many as one in four vehicles sold in the United States is an SUV. Unfortunately, deaths from rollover SUV accidents are on the rise. Over 10,000 drivers are killed every year due to a SUV accident. This unusually high rollover rate is because of the way the vehicles are designed. SUVs 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 a broken bone, spinal injury, paralysis, or a severe head injury. If you have been involved in an SUV accident, contact the team from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
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. The injuries commonly seen with these types of accidents include:
- Brain injury;
- Spinal injury;
- Wrongful death.
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.
The reasons for an SUV accidents commonly include speeding, faulty pavement, and poor weather conditions. When a driver accidentally runs an SUV off the road, often they over correct, which causes the vehicle to fishtail and roll.
The car companies that manufacture and design these vehicles are obligated to the make them safe for the consumer. If a person is injured or killed because of a manufacture or design defect, our legal team will tell you that they should be held liable for the accident victims medical expenses and lost income. If you or a family member has been injured in a SUV accident, contact our team for assistance.
Whether you have been involved in a SUV accident, an auto accident or motorcycle accident, we will help you to receive the compensation you deserve. We have locations to serve you throughout New York City, including offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. We also have locations in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Call us today for assistance at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW.