SUV Rollovers and Accidents
Choose an Experienced Boston SUV Accident Lawyer
SUV rollovers can cause significant property damage, catastrophic injuries and death. If you have been injured in a SUV rollover or crash, it is critical to consult an experienced Boston car accident lawyer to learn your rights.
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are highly popular, perfect for family and weekend trips. Consumers love them. Along with trucks, SUVs represented 63 percent of all U.S. auto sales in 2016, according to the LA Times. Still, there have been many accidents, when vehicles have a defective part or are mishandled.
We have seen this many times in Massachusetts. In 2017, an SUV crash claimed four lives at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica. A year earlier, a SUV careened into a West Newton pizza shop, injuring many and 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 found the vehicles were top-heavy and could rollover. They were more likely to be involved in accidents than cars or minivans. There have been improvements over the years, including changing front bumper alignments and 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. Only two models received the institute's "good rating."
SUV drivers make all the same mistakes we see from other drivers. When they pick up their cell phone, get impatient or fail to check their blindspot, accidents can happen. But SUVs, even smaller or midsize ones, are larger than other vehicles and they can be harder to control. Speeding is the cause of many SUV crashes.
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, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and other types. In wrongful death cases, punitive damages may be available.
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 should never have been driving. News outlets later reported his Massachusetts driver's license had expired in 2014.
- In August 2017, a motorcyclist was the victim of a SUV crash in on Randolph Avenue in Milton. The driver was not immediately charged.
SUV accidents are complex, especially when they involve multiple vehicles. 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 your claim.
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.