SUV Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/23/2017)

Many Americans own SUVs, and the popularity of these vehicles has only increased in recent years.  Indeed, many people purchase SUVs because they believe they’re safer on the roadways.  According to a Frontline report from PBS, 25 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States are SUVs, a statistic that makes the SUV the most popular kind of automobile in our country.  While SUVs are larger than many other motor vehicles, their size doesn’t necessarily mean that they provide better protection.  

In fact, SUVs often are involved in dangerous rollover accidents, which can leave victims with severe personal injuries.  In some cases, driver negligence is the cause of a dangerous traffic collision.  Yet in many SUV accidents, the design of the vehicle may be to blame. Since SUVs have a higher center of gravity, they’re more likely to roll over than other cars.  And when these vehicles roll over, the impact often causes substantial damage to the roof.  

Many different SUV models have been subject to safety recalls over the last ten years, and certain product defects in automobile parts can lead to serious injuries. For instance, defective tires can lead to an SUV rollover and to serious and life-threatening injury to the driver and passengers.  As a result, people who sustain injuries in an SUV accident may be able to file a product liability claim and should contact an SUV accident attorney about the case.

Common Causes of SUV Accidents

Traffic collisions can have many different causes, but it is important to remember that you shouldn’t have to pay for another person’s negligence.  Whether you sustained injuries in a dangerous SUV rollover or were driving a smaller vehicle when you were involved in a crash with a large SUV, we can help.  In fact, many SUV accidents result from an automobile designer or manufacturer’s negligence, or from poor road maintenance.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the common causes of SUV accidents involving another driver’s negligence include:

  • Texting while driving or talking on a cell phone while driving: texting while you’re on the road, even for a few seconds, can lead to a dangerous crash.
  • Speeding: the NHTSA cites driving at unsafe speeds as the most common cause of automobile crashes.
  • Failure to obey road signs and signals: whether a driver ran a red light or made an improper turn, a failure to obey the rules of the road can result in severe injuries.

All of the above can lead to a dangerous SUV rollover.  But it’s also important to keep in mind that drivers aren’t at fault for a collision.  Some other common causes of SUV accidents where a third party was at fault include:

  • Poor road maintenance: if the city or a private property owner failed to adequately repair a dangerous spot on the road or in a driveway, you may be able to file a premises liability claim.
  • Defective automobile product: sometimes SUV accidents result from defective products, and in certain cases flaws in the design of an SUV can lead to more significant injuries when a rollover or a crash does occur.  In these cases, you may be able to file a product liability claim.

Common Injuries in SUV Accidents

What injuries typically result from an SUV accident?  These dangerous automobile crashes can lead to:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Bone fractures or broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Serious burns
  • Loss of limbs
  • Sprains, strains, and serious bruising

If you have sustained serious injuries in an SUV accident, it’s important to speak to an experienced Florida SUV accident lawyer. Contact us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. We want to help you.

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