Sport Utility Vehicles, or SUVs, have replaced the station wagon as the quintessential family vehicle. Unfortunately, few passenger vehicles are as dangerous as the SUV. Sport Utility Vehicle rollover accidents are frequently caused by driver error, improper loading and weight distribution, or defective design.
SUV rollover accident lawsuits are primarily won by proving causation with the help of testimony from automotive design experts. It is important that if you or a loved one has been injured in a SUV rollover accident, that you hire an attorney who has successfully handled Sport Utility Vehicle Rollover Accident claims.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released numerous status alerts concerning the dangers inherent to SUVs. For one, they are particularly prone to poor maneuverability when the tires are not adequately inflated.
One would think that an empty Sport Utility Vehicle would be more prone to rollover in an accident. However, the likelihood of rollover actually increases threefold, when an SUV is fully loaded and occupied. This means that when the family is all in the car together they are at heightened risk of a rollover, according to the NHTSA.
A rollover occurs due to a shift in the center of gravity when the vehicle is loaded. When an SUV rolls over, passengers have been known to be ejected. Also, the roofs of these vehicles generally lack adequate strength to withstand rollovers, and thus they tend to cave in, crushing passengers inside.
It is extremely important for anyone who has suffered injury in an SUV rollover to be legally represented by a personal injury attorney in order to obtain maximum compensation for what are frequently catastrophic injuries.
SUV Rollover Statistics
In the ten years between It is extremely important for anyone who has suffered injury in an SUV rollover to be legally represented by a personal injury attorney in order to obtain maximum compensation for what are frequently catastrophic injuries.
A third of these were rollover accidents. Today, as many as 28,000 rollover accidents occur nationwide annually, with thousands of passengers injured, and 10,000 losing their lives.
Given the nature of a rollover, injuries are often severe. Victims suffer lacerations, broken bones, crushed organs, severe trauma to the body when ejection occurs, back and neck injuries, and head and traumatic brain injuries. Particularly tragic is the fact that such injuries are often suffered by children. Even when a child is properly restrained in a car seat, little can protect him or her when the vehicle rolls over and the roof collapses.
Types Of SUV Rollover Accident Lawsuits
SUV rollover accidents cases can sometimes be pursued as a defective design products claim. For instance, the safety of the Ford Explorer SUV has been the subject of much debate for well over a decade due to its high rate of rollover accidents. The Washington Post has reported after extensive studies that this vehicle model is especially prone to rollover.
SUV rollover accidents can also be pursued as a personal injury claim, where a claim is made against the defendant’s auto insurance policy. Where injuries are not catastrophic, it is sometimes possible to obtain sufficient compensation through a standard insurance policy.
Regardless of whether a personal injury or a defective design case is pursued, it is always advisable to first consult with a lawyer who specializes in SUV Rollover and/or Roof Crush cases. A personal injury lawyer or product liability lawyer will generally provide a free consultation and can best advise accident victims which type of claim should be pursued.