Question: Why do consumers need to know about SUV rollovers?
Rollovers do not occur as often as other types of crashes, but when they do occur, they often result in a serious injury or death. SUV rollover accidents accounted for more than 10,000 fatalities in the United States in 1999, which are more than side and rear crashes combined. The result was thousands of serious injuries. Some rollover accidents may be preventable if consumers realize the dangers involved in SUV vehicles and the serious and tragic injuries that can result.
Are SUV the only vehicles that roll over?
No. A rollover crash can happen in any type of vehicle. SUVs, like pickup trucks and minivans, typically ride higher off the ground than passenger cars and have higher centers of gravity, and thus are more susceptible to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash. See the vehicle class comparison chart. But while vehicle type does play a significant role, other factors such as driver behavior and road and environmental conditions also help determine whether or not a vehicle rolls over.
Even a five-star vehicle has up to a 10% risk of rolling over in a single-vehicle crash. In fact, certain five-star vehicles, such as sports cars, may have a higher number of rollovers per 100 registered vehicles than certain three-star vehicles, such as minivans, due to the aggressive way in which the vehicle is driven and/or the age and skill of the driver.
How do most vehicles rollovers occur?
What can I do to reduce the chance of a rollover?
What does the NHTSA’S rollover resistance rating mean?
I was seriously injured in a rollover accident while riding in a friends sport utility vehicle. My friend was driving carefully when the SUV rolled over. How can I recover for my injuries?
How soon after my accident must I bring a case?
The statute of limitations for negligence lawsuits is six (6) years from the date of the accident. The statute of limitations for a products liability claim is four (4) years from date of the accident. However, as a practical matter any accident that involves the rollover of a vehicle is a very complicated accident and it needs to be investigated thoroughly and early in order to fully understand the facts and develop your ability to decide what claims you wish to pursue.
Do I need to retain an attorney?
Since rollover accidents almost always involve serious injuries and complicated facts you would be well advised to obtain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after being involved in a rollover accident.