The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollover incidents are far more likely to result in the death of a vehicle’s occupants than other types of car accidents. One study conducted by the agency noted that rollovers occurred in only 2.6% of crashes, but represented 20% of the fatal ones.
Rollovers are also more likely to result in head and neck trauma to the driver and passengers, which may lead to severe brain injuries and other life-long consequences such as disfigurement or paralysis.
Because SUVs have a higher center of gravity, and often carry more weight than other passenger vehicles, they are more prone to rollovers. Drivers of SUVs must keep this in mind as they operate their cars; the NHTSA reports that 85% of all deaths related to rollover accidents involve routine maneuvers and only one vehicle—the one that rolled over.
That statistic, however, doesn’t mean that the driver is always at fault in such a rollover. SUV manufacturers have a responsibility to build vehicles that are not defectively manufactured or designed and that include sufficient warnings about possible dangers. In some SUV rollover cases the vehicle involved was defective, and its defect or defects caused the accident and the resulting injuries or fatalities.
If you or someone you loved was injured in an SUV rollover, you should discuss that accident with an experienced personal injury attorney. Different car companies and different types of SUVs have different track records when it comes to safety, so you should seek an attorney who is knowledgeable about SUV rollovers in particular. Even if you were partly at fault in the accident, you may be able to pursue at least partial compensation for the harm that you have suffered—including compensation for existing medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, future expenses for ongoing care, and more.
As noted above, SUV rollovers may even lead to fatalities. If a member of your family was killed in such an accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim, seeking compensation for both the economic and the emotional benefits that you have been deprived of as a result. Your chances of receiving compensation will depend on many factors, such as the type of SUV involved, the road conditions at the time of the accident, and the actions of the driver or drivers involved.
If you are interested in pursuing a claim related to an SUV rollover, the attorneys of Needle Law Firm are ready to evaluate your case and discuss your options. Drawing on decades of cumulative experience, we understand the needs to personal injury victims, as well as all the elements required for a successful outcome, whether in negotiations or in court.
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