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New York SUV Rollover Accident Attorneys

How SUV Rollover Accidents HappenRollover accidents are amongst the most dangerous types of accidents that can occur on the road. Although rollover accidents only account for approximately 3 percent of serious vehicle accidents, they account for about 30 percent of people killed while riding in passenger vehicles. Given the right circumstance, any type of vehicle can roll over. However, taller and narrower vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles (commonly referred to as SUVs) are more susceptible to these types of accidents than traditional cars. The higher center of gravity makes SUVs more top-heavy.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an SUV rollover accident, you need to hire a law firm that knows what they are doing. At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we build upon our years of experience and resources to deal with rollover accidents. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers in New York treat each client with the dedication and respect they deserve in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to.

The Shocking Statistics

Many Americans purchase larger vehicles and SUVs because they feel more secure and believe they are generally safer cars. The false sense of heightened security many motorists experience when driving an SUV becomes more dangerous as they feel secure in driving at dangerous speeds in poor weather conditions.

Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) only further exemplify the inherently dangerous nature of SUV rollover accidents:

  • More than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported each year, claiming more than 10,000 lives annually in the United States.
  • Rollover accidents account for more than half of all sing-vehicle accident deaths.
  • SUV rollover accidents increase the likelihood of serious injuries by more than 36%.
  • Over 90% of SUV rollover accidents involve a single vehicle

Safety Tips for SUV Safety

Although these statistics are real, it should not deter you from enjoying the driving experience of your SUV or from purchasing an SUV altogether. While you may not be able to completely avoid a rollover accident, you can reduce the likelihood of such accidents if you take certain precautions, including:

  • Driving carefully and avoiding excessive speeding
  • Not carrying too much weight in your SUV
  • Buckling up and making sure all passengers are buckled up
  • Recognizing your visual limitations
  • Regularly maintaining your SUV
  • Learning to safely drive your SUV
  • Avoiding sudden or sharp steering changes

SUV Roof Safety

SUVs are naturally more prone to rolling over than other vehicles. Even though statistics clearly depict the risk of this danger, few SUVS are built with basic roll bars. When an SUV rolls over, the roof collapses inward, causing serious harm. A basic roll bar can reduce the chances of a collapsed roof.

Victims who are lucky enough to survive a rollover accident can suffer catastrophic injuries that will significantly impact their lives. Common SUV rollover injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury, which can cause full or partial paralysis
  • Lower-cervical neck fractures
  • Back injury
  • Broken or fractured bones

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the extent of injuries suffered by SUV rollover victims. Our legal team has the knowledge, experience, and financial resources to hold the liable parties accountable for your injuries and to help you obtain the full compensation you are entitled to.

How SUV Rollover Accidents Happen

Although any vehicle can roll over, SUVs, pickups and vans are more susceptible to these types of accidents than traditional cars. Generally, a rollover accident happens very quickly. Your SUV can tip over and start rolling before you even realize what happened. The majority of these types of accidents occur when the SUV runs off the road. Some other common types of reasons why SUV rollovers happen include:

  • Reckless driving/excessive speed
  • No knowledge of SUV construction
  • Lack of understanding of the higher center of gravity of SUVs
  • Putting too much weight in the SUV (making it less stable)
  • Taking roll bars out of the

Four specific types of SUV rollover accidents include:

  • Ramp Rollover – an SUV can rollover if one side drives up a ramp or any other high object.
  • Lateral Force Rollover – when an SUV travels at a fast speed around a curve, the vehicle can be forced into a roll because of its high center of gravity.
  • Sideways Skid Rollover – when traction is lost in the rear wheels of the SUV, it can easily spin resulting in its tires hitting objects and causing to rollover.
  • Site-Slop Rollover – when an SUV drives in an off-road condition or unintentionally leave a paved roadway, the uneven surface can cause it to rollover.

Regardless of what caused your SUV to roll over, you should immediately contact an experienced SUV rollover lawyer in New Yorks if you were seriously injured. The attorneys at the law firm of Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. are dedicated to helping all automobile accident victims, including victims of SUV rollovers, obtain the full compensation they deserve. We will investigate the specific facts of your case to determine which parties can be held accountable for your accident. Some common parties that may be responsible in SUV rollover accidents include the manufacturers and designers of SUVs for designing a weak roof structure and a high center of gravity on their sports utility vehicles.

Call an Experienced NYC SUV Rollover Accident Lawyers

GLK LawyersIf you or someone you as been the victim of a serious accident involving an SUV rollover in New York or New Jersey, you need knowledgeable and experienced New York rollover accident attorneys on your side to fight for your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have been winning cases involving such people for years. We are ready to hear the facts of your case and answer any questions that you may have.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced attorneys in New York, please call us at 1-800-529-9997 or fill out a New York Personal Injury Case Consultation form. We handle personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey.

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