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It is a common misconception that the size of SUVs makes them safer than smaller passenger cars. While SUVs can absorb more damage than smaller vehicles, they are also much more likely to be involved in rollover accidents that can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. Many SUVs have a top-heavy design and a wheelbase that is not wide enough to balance the load during sharp maneuvers. Their inherent design makes them prone to tip over or roll over in the event of a collision.
SUV Rollover Statistics
According to an analysis of government traffic accident fatality data, a total of 21,347 passenger vehicle occupants died in 2011, which is 30 percent less than in 1975. However, with pickup trucks and SUVs growing in popularity, the distribution of vehicle types when it comes to fatal crashes has changed. Car occupant deaths have dropped by 51 percent since 1975, while pickup occupant deaths have risen by 15 percent and SUV occupant deaths are nine times as high.
In 2011, a total of 15,512 passenger vehicle drivers were killed in car accidents, which is 3 percent fewer than in 2010 and 20 percent fewer than in 1975. Also, 59 percent of passenger vehicle driver deaths in 2011 were car drivers of whom 21 percent were pickup drivers and 18 percent were drivers of SUVs.
Why SUVs Tend to Roll Over
Sport utility vehicles, by virtue of their design, have a high center of gravity and a narrower track width, which is why they have a greater propensity to tip over or roll over. For several decades now, engineers and safety experts have agreed that manufacturers should change SUV design by lowering the center of gravity and widen the wheel track. However, such basic changes to an SUV's design can be expensive and automakers by and large have been choosing the less expensive and less effective design changes for these vehicles.
Injuries in SUV Rollovers
Some of the injuries commonly suffered in SUV rollover accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Victims may need several months or even years of treatment and rehabilitation in order to recover from these types of major injuries. In the case of catastrophic injuries, victims may never recover and may suffer permanent disabilities such as paralysis, quadriplegia or paraplegia. Fractures and lacerations could cause scarring and deformity. In the case of brain injury and spinal cord injury victims, long-term rehabilitation and care may be needed to maintain the patient's quality of life. This could add up to millions of dollars over an individual's lifetime.
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Rollover Accidents
- According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are five things drivers can do to reduce the risk of a devastating rollover crash:
- Avoid conditions that could lead to loss of vehicle control. This includes drowsy driving, distracted driving, driving under the influence or speeding.
- Be careful while driving on rural roads. A number of SUV rollovers occur when a driver is trying to take evasive action, potentially to avoid an animal or some other debris on the roadway.
- Avoid overcorrecting. If your vehicle goes off the roadway, gradually reduce vehicle speed and then ease it back on to the roadway when it is safe.
- Tire maintenance is key to avoiding a rollover. Make sure that there is sufficient tire tread and replace your tires when necessary.
- Avoid overloading your vehicle. The more weight you load on to your SUV, the less stable it becomes. Since SUVs have a higher center of gravity, the extra weight could make it more prone to tipping over.
Investigating a Rollover Accident
Rollover accidents can happen no matter how careful a driver is - as a result of other factors such as defective vehicle design, a dangerous roadway condition or the negligence of other drivers. Whether an SUV rolls because of a tire blowout or overcorrection, the safety features of the vehicle should still protect you. It will be necessary to not only determine why the rollover occurred, but also to inspect if there were any defects in the design, engineering and manufacturing of the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an SUV rollover, it is important that the vehicle is preserved. Make sure that photos are taken of the crash site and of the positioning of the vehicles before it is transported to a secure location.
You should also take photos of your injuries. Remember to write down the name and contact information for other drivers involved, the emergency responders and of anyone who witnessed the crash.
If you need legal help, please don't hesitate to call an experienced SUV rollover accident attorney at Bisnar | Chase. Get a free no-obligation case evaluation today.