Due to their size and top-heavy build, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) can rollover in an accident and critically injure drivers and passengers. Serious injuries affecting the brain and spinal cord can have long-term repercussions both physically and financially. If you or your loved one has fallen victim to an SUV rollover accident, you need a dedicated lawyer to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Accident attorney Luke Dow represents clients in Austin, TX, and works on a contingency basis, so our victims can focus on healing, not on legal fees. To review your case in more detail, contact our team today.
Common Causes of Rollovers
SUV rollover accidents can happen for any number of reasons. If a driver makes a sharp, unexpected turn, or swerves to avoid another object on the road, an SUV can roll over. Environmental factors such as inclement weather can also play a part. Other times, negligence on the part of the driver is to blame. Speeding, driving under the influence, using a handheld device, or engaging in another form of distracted driving can result in a rollover accident.
Types of Rollovers
A rollover can be classified as "tripped" or "un-tripped." A tripped rollover occurs when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways. As a result, the SUV may dig its tires into soil or strike an object that causes it to roll over. An un-tripped rollover usually occurs because of a collision avoidance maneuver. This type of rollover happens less frequently than tripped rollovers.
Potential Injuries & Damages
When an SUV rolls over, the roof can collapse, the driver or passengers can be ejected from the vehicle, or they can sustain other injuries as a result of impact. Common roll over SUV injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
According to the NHTSA, rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of accidents. They account for nearly 35 percent of all deaths from crashes. 85 percent of all fatalities occur in single-vehicle accidents.
Winning an SUV rollover claim hinges on proving that another party is at fault for the accident. If an SUV swerved to avoid a negligent or distracted driver, the other driver could be held accountable. Should an SUV malfunction result in a rollover accident, you may have grounds for a product liability claim. In this case, the manufacturer could be held financially accountable for your accident.
How an Attorney Can Help
Insurance agencies rely on a host of tactics to deny, undervalue, and stall claims. This can prevent you from collecting the compensation you deserve for accident-related losses, including:
- Ambulance services
- Hospital stays
- Doctor’s visits
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
That's where we come in. As a car accident attorney with decades in practice, Luke Dow can advocate for your right to fair and just compensation. He can gather evidence to bolster your case, compile eyewitness testimonies, review your medical records, and work with experts to testify on your behalf.
Schedule Your Free Case Review
An SUV rollover accident can be overwhelming for victims and their families. Attorney Luke Dow is ready to put his years of experience into action to benefit your case. Schedule your free case review today by calling us at (512) 480-9502, or by reaching out to us online.