Experienced North Tampa, Florida Auto Accident Attorneys
When a car rolls over in an accident, there is always the potential for serious or even fatal injuries. Certain types of vehicles, such as a sports utility vehicle (SUV), are more likely to cause devastating injuries in a rollover crash. The North Tampa car accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offer knowledgeable legal counseling to victims of SUV rollover accidents. We are seasoned personal injury litigators with more than five decades of combined experience in the law. We provide car crash victims with the guidance and advocacy they need in their accident cases. Please contact our office if you were injured in an SUV rollover crash.
SUV Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are some of the most dangerous types of crashes that occur on our roads and highways. More than 9.1 million passenger cars and light trucks were involved in crashes in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and only 2.1 percent of these involved a rollover crash. Despite this low percentage, rollovers accounted for almost 35 percent of fatal passenger car crashes.
SUVs are more susceptible to rollover crashes than other types of passenger vehicles. SUVs have a higher center of gravity compared to most passenger cars. Because SUVs are top-heavy, certain steering maneuvers are more likely to cause these vehicles to roll over, such as when a driver makes a sudden change in direction or rounds a turn too quickly. In some cases, an SUV may “trip” on soft soil or a shoulder, pothole, or guardrail.
SUV rollovers can cause passenger ejection, fires, and the vehicle’s roof may collapse onto its occupants. Data from the NHTSA also shows that 85 percent of rollover crash fatalities involved only a single vehicle. This suggests that driver behavior is a major factor in a rollover accident.
Holding a Driver Accountable for an SUV Rollover Crash
Driver negligence is often the cause of SUV rollover crashes. If you were injured in an SUV rollover accident, you can hold the driver liable by proving negligence.
A person is negligent when he or she fails to act with the care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances. The plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit has the burden of demonstrating that the defendant was negligent. For a claim based on ordinary negligence, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care; breached this duty of care; and caused the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.
Drivers in Florida have a duty to exercise care. A plaintiff must show that the driver’s breach of the duty caused injuries to hold him or her liable. Some examples of a driver’s breach of the duty of care include:
If impaired driving caused the SUV to rollover, the driver may be negligent as a matter of law. Negligence per se allows a plaintiff to show the driver’s negligence if the driver violated a law intended to protect individuals like the plaintiff from a particular type of harm. Since driving while drunk or drugged is a criminal offense in Florida, a plaintiff can potentially base his or her claim on negligence per se in DUI accidents.
What You Can Recover for Your Injuries
A victim of an SUV rollover accident may obtain damages that include compensation for current and future medical costs, lost wages, any loss in earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Surviving family members of a fatal car crash can also recover damages. By initiating a wrongful death claim, relatives of a deceased victim may recover for their loved one’s medical expenses, burial costs, and loss of companionship. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years, and two years for wrongful death.
Dedicated Accident Lawyers Fighting for You
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Spring Hill auto accident attorneys are ready to help you if you were hurt in a SUV rollover accident. Our lawyers have years of experience handling complex personal injury cases, including those involving car accidents. We can provide the legal counseling and zealous representation you need to hold the party responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions. We serve clients throughout Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. Call us today at (866) 597-0009 for a confidential consultation, or contact us online.