Sports Utility Vehicles have become among the most popular vehicles on the road. Sales of SUVs have spiked dramatically in the past two years because of their ability to haul heavy cargo, travel through rural areas, and provide comfortable seating for friends and family. However, SUVs can be dangerous and are responsible for a large number of motor vehicle accidents every year.
According to the Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 4,951 SUV accidents occurred in 2007 in the United States. The IHS also reported there have been thousands of SUV rollover accidents occurring since they were first produced for the mass market in 1978.
SUV accidents seem to occur more often largely because of their center of gravity, which promotes rollover car accidents. SUVs are considered more unstable and prone to experience a rollover accident than other vehicles due to the fact these vehicles are often top-heavy. Most sport utility vehicles have a high center of gravity and narrow wheelbase that make them vulnerable to rollovers around sharp turns or in the event of an auto collision. Contrary to popular belief, heavier vehicles are even more vulnerable to rollovers than lighter ones.
While SUV manufactures have taken safety steps to prevent these accidents, they still occur. Rollover accidents are especially dangerous due to the chance of being hit by projectile objects in the cabin, the chance of experiencing a roof collapse, and extreme amounts of stress put on the body.
While SUVs have become a family car, often taking the place of the family minivan, they are not classified as passenger vehicles by federal authorities. Many of these vehicles are improperly designed and marketed as off-road vehicles. Since they aren’t required to meet many of the federally mandated safety guidelines imposed upon other types of automobiles, most SUVs lack adequate safety technology, like roll bars to protect the vehicle’s occupants in case a rollover accident occurs.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a SUV accident you should contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in the field. Our personal injury lawyer specializes in motor vehicle accidents and has the knowledge and experience to win your SUV accident injury case. Personal injury compensation recovered can help pay your medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering endured.
Whether you suffered an SUV accident injury as the result of a defectively designed vehicle or due to an auto collision, our law firm can ensure that your rights are protected and the responsible party is held accountable. The law limits the amount of time allowed to file an SUV accident claim. If you or a family member has been involved in a SUV injury accident, you should speak with a SUV rollover accident attorney for a free case review.