With the increased popularity of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States comes an increased probability of accidents involving SUVs. Except for those in the heaviest SUVs, SUV occupants have higher single-vehicle accident death rates, mostly due to vehicle rollover. The SUV rollover fatality rate has persistently remained about triple that for car occupants.
Rollovers account for a third of deaths involving passenger vehicles. Most rollover accidents arise when a vehicle veers off the road and is “tripped” by an object, ditch or soft soil.
SUV rollover accident lawsuits are complex because the victims often must prove a defective design in the SUV itself. For that reason, you need to have an experienced SUV rollover accident lawyer.
Higher center of gravity
SUVs have a higher center of gravity, making them more susceptible to rollovers. Some SUV manufacturers have introduced electronic stability systems that prevent tripping when a vehicle runs off the road by keeping the vehicle on its intended path when its balance is disrupted. Some of these systems can prevent additional conditions that can lead to rollover accidents.
But some SUV manufacturers continue to choose profit over designing adequate safety measures into their vehicles. Many SUV models continue to be designed without roll bars that can prevent the likelihood of serious injury or death in a rollover accident.
More than 10,000 people are killed in rollover accidents each year. If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury or was killed during a rollover accident, you should consult with an experienced SUV rollover accident lawyer. Use our directory to find an SUV rollover accident attorney who knows how to establish the liability of a manufacturer and who will fight to recover the compensation you may be entitled to.