Throughout towns like Greater Los Angeles, California, and other cities in the United States, catastrophic events involving passenger vehicles like sport utility vehicle (“SUV”) rollover accidents take place every day. SUVs are purposely built with a center of gravity that is much higher than an average passenger car, and the wheel base typically cannot be wide enough to compensate for the extra height. This means these vehicles have a greater propensity for flipping over when the operator is making a sharp turn around a corner, or even when making simple lane changes. This means that SUV rollover accidents place the lives of passengers and others at risk when they roll over onto to weak roofs, crushing those inside.
In particular, little ones like babies and kids, are faced with emotional trauma and bad brain injuries and crushed bones, from these frightening incidents. Passenger off-road vehicle rollovers are less well known than SUV rollovers, but they are also a major reason for personal injuries or worse, the end of life, on freeways and roadways everywhere. Ehline Law is a roof crush law firm with vast experience in recovering money for injured passengers and drivers, as well as pedestrians and bystanders who need help in collecting money for situations that specifically arise out of these types of liability claims. In fact, lead attorney, Michael Ehline himself was involved in a jack-knife rollover as a teenager, when he lived in Anaheim Hills off of Santiago Canyon Road. He personally experienced the breaking glass, caving in roof, and other weeping occupants around him as the car rested on its burst tires, landing upright. Miraculously surviving a crash like this can still lead to emotional injuries and brain damage that may not pop up till much later. Hiring Ehline means we feel your pain and want to make sure we impart our experiences into your case and your life in general, in a positive way. Call us for a free consultation, or discover what makes us different by continuing to read about these distressing accidents.
- Cases we help with
- Steps We Take to Get You Paid
- Tutorial Review of SUV Rollover Facts
- Differences in Ordinary Negligence Claims
- Understanding Crash-worthiness Claims
Various Rollover Situations Our Attorneys Can Help You With
Understanding a little bit about what we do for people like you should give you a better grasp at the herculean efforts a law firm for rollover cases must take in order to preserve vital evidence, gather facts and keep in touch with witnesses who can disappear or forget important information if it is not recorded in front of a notary for later use in court. This enables us to identify the type of rollover claims we are dealing with. There are numerous categories of these claims as follows:
- Ramp rollover: In this type of vehicle instability potentiality, the automobile will roll when the side of the automobile entering or exiting the ramp, elevates to one side, and tips over on the opposite side, as rolls onto a ramp or other elevated object. 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 and forth and flip your SUV. Most manufacturers 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.
- Lateral force rollover: This has been defined by the experts as being a scenario where an auto is traveling to fast for the curve it is readying to maneuver. Naturally, due to the higher center of gravity, the SUV or other high profile vehicle, will roll.
- Side-slop rollover: In this hypothetical, a four wheeler, for example, could be off roading due to being forced off the road by a drunk driver, leaving the road in such a manner that the truck flips over.
- Sideway skid rollover: When the rear end of your SUV or raised truck, peels out or goes sideways from spinning tires, this is a result of loss of traction. When a truck spins out and fishtails, it can hit a curb or other object, and be thrown airborne and off center.
These cases are no joke, especially after a lengthy storm and lots of rain. In any event, when you, or a major wage earner in your family is taken out when a truck, or big SUV like a Mercedes GL 550, a Chevy Blazer, or other big truck, consider using our talented SUV rollover attorneys to conduct an initial investigation and report back to you as to the who may be on the risk for your insurance and court claim. After all, as discussed, it could be an object, another driver, or a roadway obstruction that flipped your truck. But the manufacturer and seller of your recreational vehicle may also have caused or contributed to your bad injuries.
We will work hard to determine whether or not it was a failure to warn, bad user guides, a flaw in design, or a flaw in manufacturing, for example, that caused equipment to fail, or roofs to collapse. It could be that the the rollbars were insufficient for such a huge truck. If we discover that design defect or some other avoidable flaw cause your terrible happenstance, our law firm stands at the ready to hold the bad actor’s feet to the fire. If you are now struggling to pay for pain medication and past due bills, while laid out from a bad wreck, Ehline Law has been there too. We have sympathy and compassion for you, since we are kindred spirits and not just attorneys. If we cannot force a settlement now, we will battle the defendants on the courthouse steps and take your complaints for money damages all the way to trial if we have to. Do or die, Ehline Law makes it happen!
Some Steps Our SUV Rollover Attorneys Take To Get You Money
Getting justice means getting the maximum compensation under the law for your serious injuries. Various steps must be taken to maximize the overall value of your lawsuit. A good attorney will first seek to 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.
As with other types of accidents, figuring out who or what for instance, in the case of defective tires, door-latches, etc., is at fault. Gathering witness statements while memories are fresh, ordering the police reports promptly, and preserving vital evidence in your case is absolutely vital. This is why we act promptly, like wild banshees, to ensure you the maximum recovery under the law for your civil cases. Also, SUV accidents are in a category of roadway collisions making up the majority of negligent wrongful death in California. The influx of rollovers is a fairly new phenomenon and is expected to continue being a major cause of roadway tragedies in the near future, even with stricter safety advances in SUV manufacturing and design.
Because we are a boutique law firm, we are a cut above vagabonds who are big on promises, but slow to deliver significant results. We give you one on one attention so that 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. We will keep you in the loop, while seeking your informed consent every step of the way on your behalf.
Tutorial Review: SUV Rollover Facts
Although you always risk injuries when you travel 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. Ultimately, the designer and manufacturer are responsible to make sure the truck 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 parties 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 traditional 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 crash-worthy.
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.
Ehline Law Firm PC is a real technician at delivering above average settlements and verdicts to consumers who were hurt. You must not let the statute of limitations expire in your case. You must immediately contact a real sage, and deeply discuss your grievance, and simultaneously learn how to protect your legal rights. Calling the Ehline Law attorney hotline is the best way to get the big boys right now.