SUV Accidents Lawyer in Murrieta
SUVs are not like other vehicles, and when they are in an accident, they can cause serious injuries to the driver, passengers, and others on the road.
Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are quite different from other vehicles on the road. They are larger and created to travel over different types of terrain. They also have a higher center of gravity, making them more prone to rollover accidents. Rollover accidents are one of the most common types of crashes that involve SUVs, but these vehicles can also be involved in many other types of accidents. Anyone that is injured in an SUV accident should speak to an SUV accident lawyer for help claiming compensation for their injuries.
SUVs and Rollover Accidents
SUVs are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident than other types of vehicles, particularly when they are in a single-vehicle crash. Rollovers are classified as either tripped or un-tripped. Tripped rollover accidents are caused when the SUV hits another object, such as a guardrail, curb, soft soil, snowbank, or unpaved surface, and then rolls over. Tripped rollover accidents make up nearly 95% of SUV rollover accidents.
Determining Liability in Rollover Accidents
It is often difficult to determine which party was liable for an SUV accident because there are so many potential liable parties. After a crash involving an SUV, the parties that may be to blame include:
- Other negligent drivers: When drivers are negligent they may cause an SUV to roll over.
- SUV drivers: Just like other motorists on the road, SUV drivers can also act negligently and cause a crash.
- Poor road conditions: Broken pavement, large potholes, and other poor road conditions are hazardous for SUVs and could cause them to get into an accident.
- Design defects: Manufacturers of SUVs are responsible for knowing how their vehicles differ from others, the risks associated with them, and how to minimize those risks. Manufacturers that create faulty and defective parts can be held liable.
Filing a Lawsuit for an SUV Accident
After determining which party was liable for the SUV accident, injured victims can hold the at-fault party accountable for paying compensation. The damages accident victims can seek include:
- Hospital and other medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
When an SUV accident is so severe that it ends in fatality, the family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim against the liable party. Wrongful death lawsuits allow for other types of compensation, such as the loss of companionship or the loss of household services.
Our Murrieta Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Case
All car accident cases are complex but when they involve SUVs, they can be even more complicated. Determining liability is extremely difficult, as is going up against the big car companies, if it is necessary in your case. If you have been hurt, our California personal injury lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP can help. We will determine who was at fault for your crash and hold them liable for paying the compensation you deserve. When you are hurt, call us at (951) 816-3435 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.