Why Are SUV Rollover Cases So Common Today?
In short, it is because these vehicles are often poorly designed or inherently dangerous.
Some of the most dangerous accidents involve an SUV rollover, and those cases often require legal assistance to ensure proper compensation. SUVs have a narrow track width and higher center of gravity, so these vehicles are much more prone to losing their balance as they round corners. Every year, these autos find their way onto the “most dangerous vehicle” lists all over the internet. One of these, published by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), placed four sports utility vehicles in its list of top seven most dangerous consumer vehicles on the road. That was primarily due to marginal rollover safety ratings.
When a sports utility vehicle enters a turn, it is always in danger of tipping over. When one of these accidents occurs, 95 percent of the time it is because the vehicle “tripped” over an object on the road, like a pothole or piece of debris. This is often enough to send the vehicle careening end over end. This is demonstrated most clearly in accident statistics as more than 90 percent of these crashes only involve a single vehicle. In other words, sports utility vehicles are capable of crashing on their own, without any help from a second motorist.
What makes these accidents worse is poor vehicle roof structure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for maintaining safety standards, and many experts consider them too low to begin with. However, even these low standards are impossible for many sports utility vehicles to meet, forcing a constant stream of vehicle recalls. This poor roof construction, which often includes a complete lack of a roll bar, can significantly increase the severity of driver and passenger injuries. That is because people inside the vehicle are more likely to slam their heads against the ceiling of the vehicle as it tips. The result is all too often very serious, and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or fractures along the neck and back are common. People who do not hit their heads against the ceiling have a high chance of being thrown from the vehicle. This can result in severe trauma, lacerations or abrasions. Thrown passengers are also at risk of being hit by passing cars.
HOW CAN A LAWYER HELP IN SUV ROLLOVER CASES?
An attorney can assist the victim or their family in seeking compensation for injuries or wrongful death. Unsafe vehicles are often implicated in product liability suits, where their inherent design and manufacturer defects make them unsafe for use. An attorney will rebuild the events leading up to the accident, generating a clear picture of liability for the court. An attorney will send a demand package to the responsible parties, which may include the vehicle manufacturers, sellers, and part fabricators. If the defendant decides to enter into a settlement phase, an injury attorney will present the victim’s claim and push for as much restitution as possible. If the defendant decides to go to trial, the attorney will bring all of the available evidence to the court against the manufacturer or seller.