SUV Rollover Accidents
SUV rollover accidents are complex motor vehicle crashes that may be particularly terrifying. Driver behavior, as well as factors such as the reckless actions of other people on the road, can cause a SUV to roll over. The Queens car accident lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm have extensive experience guiding victims through the process of asserting their right to compensation for their injuries.Seeking Damages from a Negligent Driver Following an SUV Rollover
SUV rollover accidents often result when vehicles are involved in routine driving maneuvers, such as driving straight or turning at the time of a crash. Some factors that may play a large role in rollover crashes are driver behaviors such as distraction, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol. While in certain cases vehicles may roll over on their own, there are many situations in which another driver negligently contributed to the rollover accident.
Negligence is a theory of law that holds drivers accountable for careless or unreasonable behavior on the road. If an SUV rollover victim shows that another driver was accountable for causing a car accident, that defendant driver may be legally responsible for all of the resulting costs and losses. The plaintiff usually must show the four elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
All drivers are required to abide by a reasonable standard of care, and a breach of this standard is considered negligent behavior. After demonstrating a breach of the standard of care, the injured plaintiff must show that this breach directly caused their harm and that they sustained quantifiable damages. For example, a driver who speeds around a curve and causes an SUV driver to swerve unexpectedly, resulting in a rollover crash, will likely be found to have breached their duty of care.
The cause of the SUV rollover must be directly linked to the defendant driver’s conduct. Causation is a critical element of a negligence claim, since in order to hold the defendant accountable, other intervening factors cannot be largely responsible for the crash. Finally, the plaintiff must document their property damage, medical bills, lost wages from work, pain and suffering, and other types of damages that arose from the accident.
Under New York law, SUV rollover victims may be able to recover compensation for their harm despite being partially at fault for the accident. The state follows the comparative fault doctrine, which provides that damages are determined according to an apportionment of fault.
In all motor vehicle collision claims, an injured plaintiff must bring their lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident. If a family member has been fatally injured, the family has two years from the date of the victim’s death to bring a wrongful death action.Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a Queens Lawyer
In the aftermath of an SUV rollover, the Queens car accident attorneys at The Cassisi Law Firm can provide legal guidance and advice. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers have recovered damages for many victims and their families. We also represent people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Call us at (718) 441-5050 or complete our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation.