In many ways, the SUV is thought of as a quintessential American car. It is a great, roomy vehicle which is perfect for families, and its off-road capabilities make it perfect for camping trips. But despite the comforts an SUV may bring, these cars are extremely prone to rollovers in the event of a crash. In fact, 62 percent of all fatal SUV crashes are the result of rollovers. These accidents are very deadly and claim the lives of more than 100,000 individuals each year.
Understanding the Rollover Risk
SUVs are the most common vehicle to roll over in the event of an accident due to their high center of gravity. Their high center of gravity can make acute steering difficult and when a sharp turn is made, they can flip. But SUVs are not the only cars with this problem. 4-wheel pickup trucks are also high up on the rollover list.
Despite the fact that SUVs, by nature, can easily roll over and result in fatal accidents, SUV manufacturing companies have done little to address this problem. Many SUVs do not have basic safety features for head area crumple protection such as roll bars. Such safety equipment is especially needed for vehicles that are meant to perform in off-road conditions.
If you have an SUV, driving with the utmost vigilance is vital.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a rollover accident caused by the negligence of another person or company, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.