Vehicle rollover accidents are common in traffic collisions involving SUVs (Check out our Daytona Tow Truck Guide if your damaged SUV needs a lift). When a vehicle is involved in a rollover accident, passengers are more likely to suffer significant head traumas and other catastrophic injuries. SUVs are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents since they have a higher center of gravity.
Although many American families decide to buy SUVs because they believe them to be safer than other automobiles, SUV's vehicle rollover accidents actually result in nearly 50 percent of all automobile-related fatalities in a given year, this statistics are according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Having said that, a large majority of those rollovers involve SUVs. If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in an SUV accident or a vehicle rollover crash, it’s important to speak to a Florida auto accident lawyer about your case.
According to a PBS - Frontline documentary on SUV safety and rollover accident statistics, nearly 70,000 rollover accidents occur every year. And SUVs have the highest rollover rate of any other vehicle when it comes to fatal collisions. In addition to the high number of rollover-related deaths, further statistics show a clear connection between SUVs and rollovers:
Vehicle rollover accidents can result from many different causes, including:
It is important for automakers to design SUVs so that they’re more stable, and according to PBS- Frontline, manufacturers should lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and widen its wheel track. While we should continue to push for automobile manufacturers to invest in these structural changes to SUVs, it’s also important to keep in mind that SUV drivers can take certain steps to reduce the risk of a vehicle rollover. According to the NHTSA, a driver should do the following:
Vehicle rollover accidents happen more often than we’d like to think, and SUVs tend to be involved in these dangerous crashes. An attorney may help you recover compensation for the injuries you incurred as a result of a crash. Contact us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.