Injured in an SUV rollover accident in Houston?
Our car accident lawyers can demand the money you deserve
Rollover accidents involving SUVs happen more often than many people might realize. SUVs are more likely to roll over than any other vehicle, according to a Frontline investigation. And while rollover accidents account for only 3 percent of all accidents, 30 percent of car accident fatalities occur due to rollover accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When SUV rollover accidents happen, the injuries people sustain in these types of car accidents can often be severe. Common injuries can include concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck injuries, back injuries and spinal cord injuries. An experienced car accident lawyer can help the injured recover compensation.
Whether you were in an SUV or another vehicle struck by one in a rollover accident, knowing what to do afterwards can be overwhelming. Even knowing what your legal options are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights.
The lawyers at Smith & Hassler, Attorneys At Law in Houston can fight for your rights every step of the way. We know how to investigate SUV rollover accidents. We understand why these accidents happen and know exactly what evidence to look for after your crash. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. In case after case, we consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for injury victims and their families.
Why do SUV rollover accidents happen?
Many SUV rollover accidents happen because some of these sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have a higher center of gravity. This is because many SUVs are taller than other vehicles on the road. As a result, the taller the SUV, the more likely it might rollover.
Many rollover accidents involving SUVs happen on sharp curves in the road, especially if the driver of the SUV is going too fast. Other times, SUV rollovers happen because the driver is trying to slow down or avoid crashing into another car.
Speeding remains one of the most common causes of SUV accidents, especially on busy highways like I-10, I-69 and other interstates in Houston. Distracted driving can also often play a role, especially if the driver of the SUV or another vehicle isn’t paying attention behind the wheel. But sometimes, these accidents happen because of a manufacturing design flaw which makes certain SUVs more likely to rollover.
Who’s at fault in such accidents?
Determining who is at fault in a bad car accident in Texas is very important. That’s because the state has an at-fault insurance system. That means the at-fault party is responsible for compensating injury victims for their accident-related expenses.
Often, the at-fault party in a motor vehicle accident is the driver who caused the crash or that driver’s insurance company. However, in some SUV rollover accidents, the vehicle manufacturer may also be an at-fault party, particularly if the accident occurred due to a design defect that made the SUV more likely to roll over.
Determining who’s at fault can be very complicated, especially if the vehicle manufacturer or the driver who caused the crash denies doing anything wrong. This is why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side, investigating your accident and demanding the money you deserve.
How much is my case worth?
The total financial impact of your SUV accident might be worth much more than you realize. Often, people only take into account short-term accident expenses, like vehicle repairs and emergency medical care at Houston Methodist Hospital Emergency Room or another medical facility.
But the reality is you should be paid for all of your accident-related expenses, even if they occur years from now. Such expenses can cover a wide range, including:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Follow-up medical care, including surgery to correct long-term medical issues due to your accident
- Physical therapy, especially if you experience chronic pain due to your accident
- Modifications to your home (installing a wheelchair ramp, for example) due to a permanent disability sustained in your crash
- Replacement income if you cannot work while you’re recovering from your accident
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work ever again
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
Accident expenses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more over the course of a lifetime. Make sure you demand the money you rightfully deserve. Talk to a lawyer right away after your accident.
Why should I hire a lawyer?
SUV rollover accidents can be extremely complicated from a legal standpoint. Because there might be more than one at-fault party (the at-fault driver and the SUV manufacturer, for example), there might be at least two independent investigations being conducted about your accident. In each case, each at-fault party will often have at least one lawyer defending their client’s actions and often doing everything they can to deny your injury claim.
They don’t intimidate us. Our dedicated attorneys at Smith & Hassler thrive on tough legal cases. When you have our legal team in your corner, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. Instead of insurance companies telling you what to do, you can dictate what happens next.
We take a comprehensive approach towards investigating SUV accidents. From carefully reviewing accident reports, tracking down witnesses whenever possible to reviewing traffic camera footage and consulting with accident reconstruction experts if necessary, we leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation right now.
Smith & Hassler – we mean business!