The Heightened Importance of Seatbelt Use in SUV Rollover Accidents


May 15, 2013

Despite the rising price of gas, sports utility vehicles (SUVs) remain extremely popular for families in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Many new SUVs offer improved safety, such as improved roof strength to prevent roof crush injuries and electronic stabilization systems that assist drivers in maintaining control of their vehicles when taking sudden evasive action. While these safety improvements have made SUV occupants safer, the risk of rollovers involving these vehicles with a high center of gravity still makes seatbelts indispensable.

The risk of rollover crashes in SUVs is an inherent part of the design of these vehicles even with all of the recent safety improvements. In fatal single vehicle rollover accidents, the fatality rate among SUV occupants was approximately eight percent higher than it was for pickup occupants, and 21 percent higher than for occupants of passenger cars during a recent twelve month period. These SUV rollovers claimed the lives of over 8,000 people during the same period, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Seatbelts are always an important safety protection, but they are especially important if you are involved in a collision while driving or riding as a passenger in an SUV. When you use lap belts and shoulder harnesses during an SUV rollover, these safety restraints can protect you from the crush zones where you can suffer devastating injuries or wrongful death. When SUV occupants buckle up, they are kept inside the vehicle where they benefit from the structural protection of the vehicle frame. When one uses safety restraints, it prevents occupants from being ejected or crushed by the vehicle as it rolls over. Without a seatbelt in an SUV rollover accident, you may be ejected and have the vehicle roll on top of you or suffer serious head injuries and other life-altering injuries when you hit the hard surface of the roadway.

SUV rollover collisions cause many of the most severe debilitating injuries experienced in traffic collisions, such as injuries to the brain or spinal cord that may cause permanent impairment of cognitive functioning and limitations on mobility, such as paraplegia and quadriplegia in extreme cases. Even if you are a careful driver, there are many drivers that travel our Atlanta streets and highways while intoxicated, distracted or otherwise driving unsafely on a daily basis. While these forms of unsafe driving behavior may create a basis for seeking financial compensation, our experienced Georgia SUV rollover attorneys would prefer to see people suffer less severe injury or entirely avoid injury in these potentially deadly collisions.

We hope you are never injured, but if you are our attorneys are here to help.  The Atlanta auto accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia, all smaller cities and rural areas in the state and throughout the Southeast. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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