SUV Rollover and Accidents
Choose an Experienced Boston SUV Accident Lawyer
Each year, SUV rollovers cause catastrophic injuries and deaths on Massachusetts roads. If you have been injured by the negligence of an SUV driver, consult an experienced Boston car accident lawyer to learn your rights.
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are highly popular, especially with families. SUVs and trucks represented 63 percent of all U.S. auto sales in 2016, according to the LA Times. But this doesn't mean every buyer is ready to handle an SUV. In fact, many accidents are caused by operator error, such as speeding or failing to stop at traffic signals. SUVs can also be sold with defective parts.
In recent years, SUV crashes have claimed numerous lives in Massachusetts. In 2017, a unlicensed driver crashed an SUV at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, killing several people. A year earlier, a SUV careened into a West Newton pizza shop, killing two.
Causes of SUV Accidents
Operator negligence and manufacturer's defect are top causes of SUV accidents. Many SUVs entered the market in the 1980s. Studies later found the vehicles were top-heavy and could rollover more easily than other cars or minivans. The auto industry has made improvements, including to change the front bumper alignments and use ESC technology (Electronic Stability Control).
But recalls involving the popular models have continued, including the Nissan Infiniti, General Motors’ Chevy Trailblazer and the Lexus SUV manufactured by Toyota. Recent SUV recalls have involved faulty brakes, fire hazards and headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began rating motor vehicle headlights in 2016 and has reported most new midsize SUVs have inadequate headlights.
SUV accidents aren't just caused by poor design, though. SUV drivers make many of the same mistakes we see from other drivers. When they pick up their cell phone, get impatient or fail to check their blindspot, someone can get hurt.
Injuries sustained in a SUV rollover can prevent an individual from working, caring for their family, attending school and other activities. If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV crash, under Massachusetts law, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and other damages. Punitive damages may be available in wrongful death cases.
Serious SUV Accidents in Massachusetts:
- In March 2016, there was a serious SUV crash at a West Newton pizza shop. A man drove his SUV right through an intersection at a busy intersection and into a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Killed were two customers, a 57-year-old Watertown woman and a 32-year-old Newton lawyer. Several other people were seriously injured while the restaurant was heavily damaged and closed for 18 months. The driver was criminally charged. Though he claimed he had a medical condition, the district attorney's office said he was speeding his SUV.
- In May 2017, an employee of the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica crashed an SUV, reportedly as he was showing the vehicle to potential buyers. He left three people dead on-site and one later died from their injuries. The 76-year-old employee was operating with an expired Massachusetts driver's license.
As with all car accidents, SUV accidents require a thorough investigation. When multiple vehicles are involved, there can be numerous injuries and more victims seeking compensation. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident lawyers have decades of experience investigating motor vehicle accidents. We specialize in this area, working with top experts and accident reconstruction teams to determine the facts and successfully resolve claims for clients.
If you have been injured, Massachusetts has a Statute of Limitations restricting how long you have to seek compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today toll-free at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.