SUV Rollover Accidents
SUVs are useful vehicles for transporting kids, camping equipment, work gear, pets, and all sorts of other items. Their size also tends to provide some benefits in terms of safety and protection in the event of a collision. In some situations, however, SUVs are prone to roll during a crash, subjecting the occupants to dangerous and painful injuries or even causing a tragic death. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our car accident lawyers have advised many Columbia residents and others who have been involved in motor vehicle collisions. We are prepared to use our skills and experience to help you seek the compensation that you deserve.Pursuing Damages from an SUV Manufacturer
In general, taller vehicles are more likely to roll in the event of a collision, due to the vehicles’ higher center of gravity. Any sideways force that strikes the vehicle will make it more likely that the vehicle will tip over and begin rolling repeatedly. Whether these vehicles are safe or not based on their tendency to roll has been an important question that many sources and government safety agencies have considered in recent years.
In order to seek damages from an SUV manufacturer, you probably will need to establish a claim under product liability law. Generally, these cases are brought under a theory of strict liability, although a negligence lawsuit also may be considered. A strict liability claim involving a motor vehicle usually will be based on a manufacturing defect or a design defect. A manufacturing defect is a problem with a specific vehicle or other item, while a design defect is an inherent flaw in the entire model’s design. It is important to note that, if the claim is based on a strict liability theory, the plaintiff does not need to show that the manufacturer actually acted carelessly, as would be required in a negligence claim.
After establishing that a design defect or a manufacturing defect affected his or her vehicle, the victim must show that this directly caused his or her injuries. They must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of the defect. In some cases, an expert witness who specializes in vehicle safety and accident reconstruction will be essential to help explain to the jury why the defect was the cause of the crash.
Finally, the plaintiff must submit evidence of his or her damages, including receipts of medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and any evidence suggesting lost earning capacity. In the unfortunate event that an occupant of an SUV dies as a result of the collision, Missouri law allows the surviving heirs of the decedent to bring a wrongful death claim against a defendant to compensate them for the loss of their loved one in addition to any medical costs, funeral expenses, and burial expenses.Seek Legal Guidance in Columbia for an Auto Accident Claim
If you or someone you love has been harmed in an SUV rollover accident in Columbia or the surrounding area, the experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys at the Law Office of Matt Uhrig can help. Our team proudly serves crash victims throughout Missouri, including in Ashland and Jefferson City. We offer a free consultation to help you determine the scope of your rights and can provide you and your family with the personalized attention and guidance that you deserve. Call us now at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up your appointment.