Who is Responsible for Rollover Accidents?
Posted by Aubrey at September 27th, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 280,000 rollover accidents occur annually. Of the reported number of annual rollover accidents, nearly 10,000 are fatal. Since these accidents are so common and dangerous, it’s important for drivers to protect themselves against factors that could cause a rollover. Due to their structure, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are much more likely to be involved in rollover accidents. SUV’s have a higher center of gravity than other standard-sized cars. Because of this, they are more prone to tip if the driver takes a sharp turn or encounters harsh winds.
The width between the left and right tire wells also makes a difference in the vehicles ability to avoid rolling. Cars with greater width between the left and right tires are more stable. Rollover accidents pose an extremely great threat to passengers and drivers because of the trauma to the spinal column and neck that they often cause. In order to avoid rollovers drivers of at-risk vehicles should be mindful of slowing down while turning as well as practicing extra caution when roadways are wet or icy. People that survive rollover accidents often have broken bones, spinal disc fracturing, and sometimes paralysis.
According to the website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, people injured as a result of rollover accidents can sometimes hold the vehicle manufacturer legally responsible for the accident. It could be argued that the design is faulty and puts consumers at risk if the car has short wheelbases relative to its height, uneven weight distribution, or a lack of vehicle stabilizers. However, sometimes tire blowouts (not design) cause rollovers, wherein the manufacturer of the faulty tire can be sued to cover the damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time, giving you the best legal representation possible.