Part 2 of Our Common Questions about Georgia SUV Rollover Accidents [Part II]
This is the second installment in our four-part blog post which provides answers to the most frequent inquiries we receive about SUV rollover accidents in Georgia. If you have not yet reviewed Part I in this series of blog posts, you may wish to do so before reading this installment. Although this series of blog posts answers many general questions, call our law firm for a free consultation to speak with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney for more specific questions about your case.
How soon do I need to initiate a legal claim after being injured in a sports utility vehicle rollover accident in Georgia?
Generally, the statute of limitations in product defect cases involving injury or accidents caused by negligence is two years from the date of injury. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is generally two years from the date of death. However, there are factors that can impact how these time limits are calculated so you should seek legal advice immediately if you have been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV rollover collision. For example, for a minor the two year time period does not begin to run until they turn 18.
Is the risk of being injured in a rollover accident in Georgia essentially limited to SUVs?
While a rollover can happen in any vehicle when it departs from the roadway or under a range of other conditions, the risk is greater in a vehicle that rides higher off the ground. Because of their high center of gravity vans, pickup trucks and SUVs are much more likely to tip in a crash than a sedan that rides close to the roadway. This is especially true in single vehicle rollovers because these types of crashes account for 47 percent of driver SUV fatalities but only 21 percent of passenger car fatalities during a recent twelve month period according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection. While pickups also have a higher risk of rolling over in a collision than a passenger car, the percentage of fatalities in pickup rollovers is still substantially lower than SUVs.
Are there different types of factors that contribute to SUV rollover crashes in Georgia?
While the type of vehicle is a significant factor in determining the probability that a vehicle will rollover in a motor vehicle accident, these types of crashes typically involve a complex interplay between road conditions, driving behavior, actions of other drivers, safety equipment and other environmental factors like weather. We have provided an overview of some of these key factors:
- Location of the Collision: Rollover accidents occur more typically in rural areas because more sparsely populated areas tend to have more stretches of undivided highway and fewer barriers to mitigate the risk of road departures and rollovers.
- Excessive Speed: Approximately forty percent of rollovers involve vehicles that are exceeding the speed limit according to the NHTSA.
- Overloaded Vehicles: When top heavy vehicles, like SUVs, carry excessive loads this can increase their instability. An excessive load is particularly hazardous when it is placed on the roof of the vehicle because it increases the top heavy nature of an SUV.
- Tire Wear or Improper Tire Pressure: When tires exhibit excessive tread wear or cracking, the risk of a blowout that leads to a rollover increases. Improper tire pressure also can cause a tire to blowout and lead to a rollover collision.
- Alcohol Consumption: According to a publication by the Texas A&M University Passenger Safety Program, alcohol impairment contributes to approximately half of all rollover accidents.
If you have further questions about SUV rollover collisions, you may also want to review Part III of this series of blogs. SUV rollover collision victims who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one in an SUV rollover crash may have a right to financial compensation.
Our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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