The Link between SUV Vehicles and Rollover Accidents
SUV Vehicles and Rollover Accidents in Georgia
Most people are aware that SUV vehicles are more likely to roll over during an accident or a sharp turn, however newer designs have lessened the likelihood of an SUV rollover. The addition of electronic stability control in SUVs has increased the overall safety of the vehicles favored by younger families with children.
How ESC is Helping to Prevent Rollover Accidents
Electronic stability control is a computer-based system which assists drivers in maintaining control of their vehicle during an abrupt maneuver, sharp turn or slick road. Many newer SUVs also come with side curtain airbags which offer added protection in the event of a potentially tragic rollover as well as increased strength in the roof area to avoid roof crush. Still, SUVs—as well as fifteen-passenger vans—continue to have a higher center of gravity than passenger vehicles or mini-vans and rollover accidents are generally serious in any vehicle.
The Seriousness of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents cause as many as a full 35% of all vehicle-related fatalities with as many as 7,600 deaths per year attributed to rollovers. The most common cause of a fatality during a rollover is ejection of the driver or passenger with the second most common fatality cause being roof crush. Roof crush occurs when the roof crumples inward, potentially pinning or crushing those inside the vehicle.
What Causes Rollover Accidents?
Vehicles which take a curve too quickly are subject to rollover; the down force pulls the vehicle into the curve at ground level while inertial forces pull the top portion of the vehicle in the opposite direction. Gravity then enters the equation, creating the momentum which causes the vehicle to rollover. Other times, when an SUV or other vehicle is sliding sideways and the tires strike a curb, the resulting sudden lateral force can cause the vehicle to rollover.
Collision with another vehicle or object can lead the taller SUV to rollover in what would have otherwise been a more “routine” accident. In some instances defective vehicle parts could also be responsible for a rollover accident. Faulty brakes, defective tires or a loose steering column could all cause a vehicle to rollover. Of course if the vehicle is traveling at too high a speed for the road conditions a rollover may also be likely.
The highest proportion of rollover accidents are single vehicle accidents. Both single accidents and collision accidents can be due to a combination of driver negligence, road defects and vehicle defects or design flaws. Both roof crush and ejection from the vehicle can lead to neck and back injuries, brain trauma, broken, fractured or shattered bones, burns, spinal injuries, amputations and physical disfigurement. The injuries are likely to be extremely serious, often requiring months, years, or even a lifetime of surgeries and rehabilitation. Those involved in a rollover accident may find themselves facing huge medical expenses and may also be unable to return to work and make a living.
The Aftermath of a Rollover Accident
The aftermath of a rollover accident can be extremely traumatic, and victims may feel their future has been forever altered. In order to ensure your legal rights are fully protected, it is important you consult an experienced accident attorney with specific experience in rollover accidents. We understand the mechanics of a rollover accident and fight hard on behalf of our clients to maximize the value of their cases under the law.
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