SUVs & Rollover Accidents
SUVs have made a comeback in recent years, thanks, in part to "green" SUVs that are more eco-friendly than their original counterparts. Many drivers are long-time devotees of the sports utility vehicle, as its large size and boxier shape make it feel safer than a sedan or sports car. For families with children, SUVs can also provide the space they need to fit car seats, strollers, toys, etc...
What is a Rollover Accident?
While the SUV does offer many perks, because it has a higher center of gravity than smaller automobiles, an SUV can also be at risk of rolling over. A rollover is a type of vehicle crash in which a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof and the deadliest risk facing an SUV, minivan, or truck occupant is a rollover accident. Rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of vehicle collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported each year, claiming more than 10,000 lives annually. Many of the lives are those of young teenage drivers. If you or a loved one were injured in a rollover accident that was not your fault, contact an experienced auto accident attorney.
What Causes an SUV to Rollover?
SUVs can rollover due to several reasons, including auto defect or mechanical malfunction. Additionally, speed, alcohol, and/or fatigue can also contribute to a serious auto accident. If you were hurt in a vehicle rollover accident, or your loved one was injured or killed, an experienced accident lawyer will examine all possible contributing factors, including dangerous conditions on the roadway and the negligence of other drivers or the auto manufacturer.
Vehicle Defects and Rollover Accidents
Many rollover accidents are the result of a vehicle defect. The auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product (such as a tire, seat belt, etc…) can be held liable for injuries caused by a defective part. Be sure to keep your vehicle as-is until your attorney has a chance to examine it, as it could be evidence in proving a faulty design.
What to Do After a Rollover Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a SUV rollover accident, contact a skilled Los Angeles personal injury legal team who has a track record of success and who has proven they will hold large auto makers accountable for injuries they cause innocent victims. With the right attorney by your side, you may be able to recover financially for your injuries; including lost wages, hospital and medical bills, and pain and suffering.
For more information on SUV rollover lawsuits or to discuss your legal rights with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact injury attorney Michael Ghozland today.