Anytime an automobile is involved in an accident, there is the possibility that it will roll over. Rollover accidents are more common in sport utility vehicles (SUVs). This is because SUVs have a higher center of gravity. SUVs are usually taller than normal cars (sedans and the like), but are not wider. This makes it easier for an SUV to rollover. In fact, maneuvers that are not problematic for cars, especially sudden ones, can cause an SUV to rollover.
Rollover accidents are more likely to result in fatalities than other accidents, especially if the passengers are not wearing seatbelts. In a rollover, you can be thrown from the SUV which can result in severe injuries and death. More fatalities occur when a passenger is thrown from a car.
Some makes and models of SUVs are more likely to rollover in accidents than others. Two SUVs that are prone to rollovers are:
Besides certain SUVs being more prone to rollovers, there are some situations which are more likely to cause rollovers. These include the following:
Another danger of SUV rollover accidents is that the roof of the vehicle will crush upon impact with the road. This will happen if the roof or roll bar is not strong enough or is defective in some other way. Roof crushes can lead to severe or fatal injuries, especially to the head and neck.
Automobile manufacturers don't want to pay compensation in wrongful death, personal injury, or automotive products liability cases. Because of this, manufacturers aggressively defend against rollover cases. Because of this, it is important to have an experienced lawyer who can advise you of whether you have a case against the manufacturer of the SUV.
Last Modified: 08-04-2014 12:18 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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