People often feel safer in SUVs, since these vehicles are bigger and heavier than an average car. While this means that people in SUVs might feel less of an impact when colliding with smaller vehicles, the reality is that SUVs are more prone to tipping over when you crash. If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys can evaluate the facts of your case and determine the viability of your legal claim. We understand that an SUV rollover accident can change your life in an instant, which is why we can provide compassionate representation at every step of the way.
A sports utility vehicle (SUV) is a vehicle classified as a light truck but operated as a family vehicle. An SUV is classified as rolling over it if tips onto its side or roof at any time during the wreck. The rollover may occur after a frontal or side impact crash or after a collision with a fixed object. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), SUVs are proportionally more likely than cars to be in fatal single-vehicle wrecks, especially rollovers. However, since these vehicles are heavier than the average car, occupant deaths in SUVs are less likely to take place in multiple-vehicle crashes. In 2015, a total of 4,545 SUV occupants were killed in accidents. In that same year, 45 deaths were results of single-vehicle rollover accidents.
When you have sustained injuries due to an SUV rollover accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and losses through a negligence claim. Negligence is defined as a failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances. Establishing negligence requires proof of the following elements:
- The defendant had a legal duty to exercise reasonable care;
- The defendant breached the legal duty to exercise reasonable care;
- The defendant’s breach was the actual and direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries; and
- The plaintiff sustained damages.
If negligence is established, the plaintiff may be able to recover a variety of damages, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and any other losses stemming from the accident.
SUV rollover accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an SUV rollover accident that was not your fault, an experienced Miami SUV rollover accident lawyer may be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know how to investigate and pursue virtually all types of motor vehicle accident cases. With years of experience, we are committed to protecting the rights of our South Florida clients. Our goal is to settle every case quickly and fairly, but we are not afraid to advocate for your rights in court if necessary. To reach us, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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