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Fatal Hall County Run Off the Road Accident Sad Reminder of SUV Rollover Dangers

March 29, 2012

A fatal SUV accident at the end of last year, involving a man who was reported missing after he left home provides a sad reminder that while SUVs have improved greatly in terms of safety, they continue to pose a substantial risk of causing serious, life-altering injuries and even fatalities. The Gainesville man was missing for several days before he was discovered by utility crews.

The accident was still under investigation at the time this article was written, but according to police, the man’s vehicle appears to have run off the road and rolled over before crashing in the woods. Police indicate that the man appeared to have been dead for several days before the SUV was discovered. Although this Hall County SUV rollover accident is tragic, it is hardly unusual or unique.

SUVs have long been particularly susceptible to the risk of running off the road and rollover accidents. Their narrow wheelbase combined with a high center of gravity makes SUV drivers prone to lose control when exercising basic evasive maneuvers that would be routine in other passenger vehicles. It is not uncommon for an SUV driver to lose control of a vehicle when the driver steers hard in one direction and then overcorrects back in the opposite direction to regain control of the vehicle. While this is a very common and even simple maneuver in most passenger vehicles, it can become extremely dangerous when executed in an SUV. Although electronic stability control (ESC) systems, improved roof strength and additional airbags, including side window airbags, has helped reduce the number of SUV rollover accidents, the inherent physics of these top-heavy vehicles remains a significant rollover accident risk.

Accidents involving vehicles that run off the road and/or rollover are particularly hazardous to the safety of vehicle occupants. Additionally, if occupants of an SUV are not wearing a seatbelt when the vehicle goes off the road and rolls over, there is a high risk of being ejected from the vehicle. Vehicle ejections are disproportionately involved in devastating injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries that may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, severe disfigurement, amputation of limbs and severe internal organ damage. These types of injuries can have an enormous impact both on the accident victim and the accident victim’s family. The type of devastating injuries often incurred in run off the road and rollover accidents and SUV accidents leave the victim unable to work, live independently or provide for the needs of one's family.

The dedicated and compassionate team of attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand the stress, heartache and physical pain associated with a serious or fatal SUV rollover accident. If you or someone close to you suffers serious injury in a run off the road accident, an SUV rollover or a family member dies, our experienced and caring team of attorneys can evaluate your accident and advise you regarding your rights and remedies. Our Atlanta car crash attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 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 and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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