Throughout cities like Los Angeles California and other cities in the United States, catastrophic accidents involving passenger vehicles like sport utility vehicle (“SUV”) rollover accidents take place every day. Passenger vehicle rollover accidents are less well known than SUV rollovers, but they are a major reason for personal injuries and wrongful deaths on freeways and roadways in California and the United States. Ehline Law is a Los Angeles based SUV rollover and roof crush law firm with vast experience in recovering money for injured passengers and drivers, as well as pedestrians and bystanders in collecting money for people injured in automobile accidents in California.
Injured from a Crushed Vehicle Roof?
Have you been seriously injured in an SUV rollover accident involving a roof crush injury or other type of injury? If so, you must first determine who was at fault. This is determined under the laws of negligence as codified in Code of Civil Procedure section 1714 in California. If you can prove the driver, owner, manufacturer, seller, or re-seller were the cause of the injury, you may be able to recover money damages for your serious personal injuries.
For example, an exploding airbag could deploy without warning. That could cause a rollover. This could cause a rollover. As with other types of accidents, figuring out who or what for instance, in the case of defective tires is at fault. The SUV Rollover lawyers at Ehline. Law are hard core advocates for those seriously injured in SUV accidents to get money damages.
Our local SUV personal injury attorneys are aggressive and act with diligence to get witness statements while memories are fresh, order the police reports promptly, and preserve vital evidence in your case. We act to ensure you the maximum recovery under the law for your civil cases.
SUV accidents are in a category of roadway collisions making up the majority of negligent wrongful death in California. SUV rollovers accidents are a fairly new phenomenon and are expected to continue being a major cause of accidents in the near future even with stricter safety advances in SUV manufacturing and design. If you were hurt in a rollover accident in California, we can assist you in receiving compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. We assist clients in the entire State of California. Located in Los Angeles, we are just a few minutes drive most west side, coastal areas, such as Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach, Malibu Beach, and Corona del Mar to name a few.
Since we are experts at California insurance claims laws, like uninsured and underinsured motorists claims, local Los Angeles SUV rollover attorneys act promptly to settle or try your rollover accident claims prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Because we are a boutique law firm, we are a cut above your cheap SUV rollover attorneys who are big on promises, but slow to deliver results. We give you one on one attention so you can relax and carry on your regular life, try and heal your wounds, while we deal with the legal red tape. Let our aggressive advocates handle your case while seeking your informed consent every step of the way for you. Getting justice means getting the maximum compensation under the law for your serious injuries.
Tutorial Review: SUV Rollover Facts
Although you always risk car accidents when you drive on Los Angeles freeways and highways, SUV’s are in a whole category unto themselves. These crashes often involve serious head injuries from the large, heavy vehicle rolling over on its roof, which caves the roof in, and hits the occupant’s head, or crushing it, damaging the victim’s brain. More often than not, SUV accidents are very serious. In fact, the statistics prove that SUV accident roof crush from a rollover, has over a sixty (60%) percent chance of causing a death, as opposed to approximately nineteen (19%) of passenger car accidents.
The primary reason SUV’s are more dangerous, is because they have a very high center of gravity, when compared to automobiles. To add to this problem, they are much heavier. This means SUVs can flip over much more easily than cars. Many organizations, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (“NHTSA”) have statistics showing that almost eighty (80%) percent of people die who are involved in an SUV crash, died as the result of a rollover and roof crush. This compares to only around a forty (40%) percent death rate for roof crush involving light automobiles like passenger cars. Despite the statistical facts militating against owning an SUV, not to mention the enormous costs for gasoline, people are buying more and more SUV’s!
Methods of Recovery – Products Liability
SUV rollover litigation is usually instituted by suing all those in the chain of commerce of the SUV. Ultimately, the designer and manufacturer are responsible to make sure the SUV is not defectively designed or manufactured. This is theory of tort recovery called product liability. Product liability makes all those in the chain of distribution liable to the injured victim. The other partes can seek indemnification and contribution from companies like Ford or Chevrolet who created the SUV later on. What’s important is that the victim recovers for his injuries with the help of seasoned legal counsel.
The need for skilled legal representation is evident in light of the fact that more and more cases are being tried on their technical merits, and automobile manufacturers are responding to claims with overwhelming amounts of scientific and technical evidence and expertise.
What is the Difference Between Traditional Negligence and SUV Negligence?
In a tradition auto v. auto claim, you must prove the defendant driver breached the duty of care and that breach caused you damages. (Such as a rear-ender.) This is called negligence. When you sue a SUV manufacturer, for product defects, you may be able to sue for strict liability products. If you proceed under a strict liability theory, you need not show vehicle manufacturer negligence. All you have to prove is that the SUV was a defective product introduced into the stream of commerce. This is a veiled for of no fault liability, because you recover no matter what, as long as you can show the product was defective.
SUV rollover claims when suing a vehicle manufacturer are usually based upon crash worthiness issues and instability at high and low speeds.
Let’s assume the SUV rollover happened as the result of “external trip mechanisms.” California Courts of Appeal in various jurisdictions allow suits not just based upon instability at high and low speeds. This is called the “crashworthiness doctrine.” The crashworthiness doctrine can make SUV manufacturers liable if the SUV makes the injury worse than it normally would be under the same set of facts and circumstances in an SUV that was crashworthy. A vehicle that is not crashworthy can cause serious injuries like broken bones, crushed skulls, brain damage and other serious problems. It could be from a defective seat belt, lack of safety cage protection, and a we
ak roof that caves in on your head in a rollover crash. Manufacturers should take steps to reduce or prevent these injuries before they occur. If not you may be able to sue them. This is called an “enhanced injury.”
The most well known crashworthy claims that are successful are: defective seats, seatbelts, exploding fuel tanks, roof crush, lack of side impact protections, etc.
If you have gone on or off a freeway ramp too fast, you may have noticed that your SUV tilted and felt like it would flip. This is usually how an SUV flips over. But if you are forced to take evasive action, you may lose control. You may have been forced to swerve to avoid a small child retrieving his ball in the street. You will get speed wobbles by swerving back abd forth and flip your SUV.
Most manufacturers of SUV’s realize that an SUV needs to be designed so it does not roll over in a scenario requiring evasive maneuvers. Automobiles should have a design that allows for evasive actions as discussed. Therefore, you must identify the external trip mechanism, and after that you may be able to show that the SUV was unstable and incapable of being made safe for it’s design and class.
Some of you may remember the Suzuki “Rollover”, as a vehicle that was inherently unsafe.
Recovering Damages In an SUV Rollover Case
We are California Los Angeles SUV Rollover attorneys located statewide to all California courts. You must not let the statute of limitations expire in your SUV case. You must immediately contact an SUV rollover attorney to discuss your SUV rollover case and protect your legal rights. Calling the Ehline Law attorney hotline is the best way to get the best attorneys now.
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