Sport utility vehicles, also known as SUVs, were initially designed so that drivers could take them off-road. For safety purposes, features like roll bars became standard to keep the roof from collapsing in the event of a rollover, which can easily cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
Throughout the 1990s, the popularity of SUVs grew dramatically and manufacturers discovered that only about 5% of SUVs were ever taken off-road. Because of this shift in use, manufacturers decided to take out safety features like the roll bar and offer them as add-on options instead. This change spelled disaster for many auto accident victims.
SUV Rollover Statistics
Of the estimated 11,000 SUV-related deaths that take place every year, rollovers are responsible for about 63%. Overall, rollovers account for more than 35% of all deadly auto accidents. These statistics are troubling, especially when you consider that they don’t account for the thousands of catastrophic injuries rollovers cause.
Why SUVs are Dangerous
Although the majority of SUVs you see in the Phoenix, Arizona area will never be driven on a mountain trail, their design makes them very susceptible to rollovers on paved roads and highways. This is because SUVs:
- Are taller and more narrow than most passenger vehicles
- Have a higher center of gravity
- Are top heavy
- Are likely to carry more weight than smaller vehicles, which despite popular belief, increases the chances of a rollover due to their other design features
These design flaws make SUVs nearly three times as likely to rollover than other vehicles. Couple these dangers with defective tires that SUV makers have recalled, and it’s clear that SUVs are among the most hazardous vehicles on the road today.
Unfortunately, many SUV owners don’t understand these risks or take the extra precautions necessary to drive their vehicle safely. If they fail to use reasonable judgment (i.e. drive in a negligent fashion) and a deadly crash ensues, the driver, the SUV manufacturer and distributor, or the manufacturer of the defective tire could be sued for damages.
SUV Rollover Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a severe or deadly rollover accident, you should contact the auto accident lawyers of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file a lawsuit to collect damages that cover:
- Bodily injuries
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and emotional distress
- Loss of relationship
We are dedicated to seeking justice for families who have suffered wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Snyder & Wenner, P.C. will litigate your case with the utmost sensitivity, dedication, and expertise. Don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation with our Phoenix, Arizona office today. We can do it on the phone if you live elsewhere.