En Español

California SUV Rollover Accident Attorneys

Please Call 949-203-3814 for a skilled SUV rollover accident attorney.

suv accidentSUV rollover cases can be challenging to prove in terms of fault and liability. At Bisnar | Chase, we have more than three decades of experience standing up, fighting and winning against large automakers and industry giants such as Ford and General Motors.

Our SUV rollover accident attorneys have succesfully litigated defective auto parts and won millions for our clients.We have access to experts who can make a difference in your case. Our firm has the resources to get to the truth and ensure that the negligent automakers responsible for causing your injuries are held accountable.

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

"Injuries suffered in SUV rollover accidents can cause not only permanent disability,
but also fatalities."

Some of the injuries commonly suffered in SUV rollover accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Amputations

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.

call now for free help 949-203-3814
Share this:

See All Ratings And Awards

The BISNAR | CHASE Difference

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Whatever the philosphy of the management is, is going to be carried through by the employees and it’s going to reflect on the experience the clients have.”

    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

    John Bisnar

    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “Corporate greed is a reality in our world and I see it time and time again. Especially, with the auto defect cases we focus on.”

    Brian Chase

    on corporate greed and how it affects the consumer

  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “There are many, many defects in vehicles that can lead to life or death that could be fixed with a mere $40-$50 [on the assembly line].”

    Brian Chase

    on the shocking facts about the vehicles we drive

  • “...if [manufacturers] build a dangerous product and someone is seriously injured from that, some personal inury lawyer is going to call them on the carpet about it.”

    John Bisnar

    on how Bisnar | Chase has helped make the world a better place

  • “I’m convinced, because of all the lawsuits...the auto industry finally found out it was cheaper to fix the problem than to keep paying in the litigation.”

    Brian Chase

    on making the world a safer place

  • “I bring in the best employees that I can and I want them to have a workplace that is condusive to them doing their best work.”

    John Bisnar

    on the work environment created at Bisnar | Chase

  • “When you have a client come in that’s in a wheelchair...or you meet a wife who has lost their husband or they’ve lost their child, it’s diffucult not to get emotionally involved.”

    Brian Chase

    on the biggest challenges he faces as a personal injury lawyer

  • “...it is part of our civic responsibility and it is our great fortune to be in a position to be able to help support our community...”

    John Bisnar

    on the importance of giving back to the community

  • “My motivation of going to law school to have my life’s work help other people...when I see that come to fruition, I’m very pleased and very happy with that.”

    Brian Chase

    on the accomplishments he is most proud of

  • “Seeing the growth of my employees, seeing them mature professionally, personally, and grow into the great professionals they have become is tremendous.”

    John Bisnar

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “I was always jealous of doctors. They get to save lives and they get to heal. I don’t get to do that but I get to have a very big impact on another person’s life...”

    Brian Chase

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “There’s going to people that you meet, that you can mentor...You can make a difference in their lives, you can make a difference in their client’s lives.”

    John Bisnar

    on mentoring young attorneys

  • “I’m the president-elect this year and I’ll be the president next year of the Consumer Advocate Attorneys of California and I find that to be a rewarding thing...”

    Brian Chase

    on being an advocate for the people of California

  • “The Lakers have always been a winning organization, a class organization. I’ve used the Lakers as kind of a model for how to run my practice as well.”

    John Bisnar

    on his passions in life

  • “We try to figure out how we can help [our clients] get through what they’re going through emotionally. Because just getting them compensated is only part of the job.”

    Brian Chase

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660

local: (949) 203-3814
Get Directions

California Personal Injury Blog

Trinity Conducts Crash Tests On Potentially Defective Guardrails

Trinity Industries conducted the second of eight crash tests of a potentially dangerous guardrail system as concerns remain about whether some of the units being evaluated are different than those

read article

The Problem of Overmedication in California’s Nursing Homes

One of the major concerns we, as California nursing home abuse lawyers have, is the excessive use of antipsychotic drugs in these care facilities. The truth is that antipsychotic medications are

read article

Records Show Takata Sought Patents for Safer Airbags

Airbag patent filings show researchers for airbag manufacturer Takata looked for ways to make the safety devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before

read article

Connect

Copyright & Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case.

Bisnar | Chase serves all of California. In addition, we represent clients in other states through our associations with local law firms. Through the local firm, we will be admitted to practice law in their state, pro hac vice, meaning "for this particular occasion." When in our client's interest, we employ the local law firm (at no additional cost to our client) to assist us with routine court appearances and discovery proceedings to more efficiently pursue our client's cause.

Copyright © 1999- Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP - All rights reserved. Location: 1301 Dove St. #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel: 949-203-3814

SLS Consulting