Motor Vehicle Accidents

West Virginia Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

For over 20 years, Wolfe Law Firm has offered caring and compassionate representation in personal injury law. Located in Elkins, our office is devoted to serving victims injured by negligence. We aggressively pursue your claim at trial or through settlement, helping you achieve the compensation you deserve.

SUV Rollover Accidents

Sport-utility vehicles have become increasingly popular in West Virginia and other states. Despite fluctuating gas prices, Ford and Chevrolet are slated to increase production of their best-selling SUVs throughout next year. While SUV drivers enjoy a higher view of the road, they are also vulnerable to distinct dangers. With a higher center of gravity and less overall balance, SUVs cause more crash-related fatalities than other cars. The most common accident occurs when the wheels lose traction with the road, causing the vehicle to tip to one side and flip over. Rollovers may be caused by any number of factors, including:

  • Sharp turns
  • Sudden braking
  • Inclement weather
  • Slight tip at incline
  • Uneven road surface
  • Vehicles in blind spot
  • Swerving, overcorrection
  • Defect in wheels, alignment
SUV Rollovers Caused by Negligence

Rollovers are preventable accidents generally caused by negligence. Negligence refers to the breach of a legal duty, resulting in liability. If the driver of an SUV operates the vehicle while intoxicated, he or she may be liable to passengers and drivers injured in the rollover. Reckless motorists who cause an SUV to suddenly stop or swerve to avoid an accident are likewise responsible to the injured SUV driver. If multiple parties are negligent, such as in a chain-reaction collision, injured parties may still recover, so long as their proportion of fault does not exceed 50 percent. Personal injury victims are entitled compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering.

SUV Rollovers Causing Wrongful Death

Rollover accidents result in a higher number of fatalities than crashes involving smaller vehicles. These may result from the larger vehicle’s tendency to flip over, tumble down an incline, or trap passengers under the carriage. When the rollover results in fatal injury or death to a loved one, surviving family members may recover compensation from the negligent driver. Spouses, children, parents, and other dependents must show that the driver’s negligence directly caused the wrongful death. If successful, they are entitled to additional damages, including funeral costs, future projected earnings, and compensation for the lost relationship with the deceased.

SUV Rollovers Caused by Product Liability

SUV safety largely depends on the integrity of manufacturers. Millions of SUVs are recalled every year for flaws in their make, model, or design. Product liability can even extend to tire companies and dealerships that warrant and release unsafe vehicles. Having failed to detect or repair the defect, these parties are strictly liable for any resulting injury. This allows injured parties to recover compensation from deep-pocket manufacturers without proving negligence. SUV makers found to have intentionally prioritized profits over consumer safety may be heavily sanctioned through punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs. These damages are awarded in addition to compensation for injuries caused by use of the defective product.

Seek Legal Counsel to Recover Compensation

If you or someone you love was injured in an SUV rollover accident, a caring West Virginia personal injury lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm can help. We have extensive experience litigating all types of personal injury actions involving product liability and wrongful death. At Wolfe Law Firm, we know the aftermath of a rollover accident is traumatic. That is why we work diligently to investigate your claim and protect your rights at no up-front cost. While no amount of money can heal an injury or replace a loved one, Wolfe Law Firm can at least secure your financial future and help your family back on its feet. Call (877) 637-5756 for a free consultation or contact us online.