Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are convenient modes of transportation that can accommodate a larger number of people than passenger cars and haul more cargo
However, SUVs create more danger for both drivers and passengers. SUV accidents can often result in serious injury or death.
Deaths in accidents involving passenger vehicles have steadily declined, but those in SUV related incidents have climbed from 1992 forward, with only a small decrease in 2007. In 2007 alone, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported 4,951 occupant deaths in SUV accidents.
Although SUV manufacturers have become more vigilant in making sure that their vehicles are as safe as possible, these vehicles are still involved in a disproportionately high number of crashes.According to the IIHS, since 1978, SUVs have had a significantly higher percentage of rollover deaths than cars. SUVs are particularly susceptible to rolling over because of their high centers of gravity.
Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle, often while attempting a sharp turn, cannot maintain proper balance. The weight of the vehicle shifts entirely onto two tires, leading the vehicle to tip over onto its side. Single-vehicle rollover accidents that resulted in death characterized almost half of all occupant deaths in SUVs in 2007.
Though all SUVs are known to be more likely to rollover than other vehicles, it is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that their products are as safe as they possibly can be given their design. If any safety measures are not taken into consideration and made a reality, than automobile manufacturers are negligent.
The attorneys at the Bernard Law Group will determine if the other driver in your accident was to blame, and we will seek monetary damages accordingly to help cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs. If applicable, we will also seek damages from the SUV manufacturer.
Please call us today for a free consultation, and we will make sure that your rights as a motorist are upheld in a court of law.
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