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I don’t hear about SUV rollovers much anymore. Are they still happening?
While there have been safety improvements that are standard features in some models and optional features in others, the potential risk of severe injury or wrongful death posed by SUVs is reflected in statistics provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection:
- SUVs are almost forty percent more likely to rollover in a motor vehicle crash than passenger cars.
- The fatality rate in SUV rollovers is almost 8 per 100,000 registered vehicles as opposed to 3.18 for passenger cars.
The high center of gravity of an SUV in relation to the wheelbase of the axle makes these vehicles more likely to rollover. The weight of the vehicle also may increase the risk of fatality because the occupants are more likely to be the victim of roof crush injuries during a rollover crash.