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Sport Utility Vehicle Rollovers
SUVs are a common sight on US roads. As they became more attractive to drivers, statistics showed a proportional increase in occupant deaths, from 2% in 1975 to 24% in more recent years. One main reason is the SUVs' propensity to roll over in an accident. According to a report from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, SUVs do more poorly than cars when it comes to rollover statistics.
NHTSA uses real-world accident data, a calculation that measures center of gravity and a dynamic test maneuver whereby a vehicle is quickly turned one way and then sharply the other way to trigger a rollover.
Since 1978, SUVs have a routinely higher rate of rollover deaths than cars. Recently, single-vehicle rollover crashes caused 41% of occupant deaths in SUVs, in comparison with 36% of occupant deaths in pickups and 18% in cars. However, driver death proportion for single-vehicle rollover accidents has dropped across all passenger vehicle models, in particular for SUVs. Single-vehicle crashes involving SUV rollover accounted for three driver deaths/million registered passenger vehicles in 2014.
The news is not all bad. The newest SUVs have improved and have lower driver-death rates than the newest cars. Newer vehicles have better build quality and safety systems, especially important are electronic stability control and side-curtain airbags.
According to IIHS data, the rollover may take place after:
A frontal impact. In 2014, 36% of occupant deaths in SUV rollover crashes happened after an initial frontal impact.
Side impact with a vehicle or a fixed object. 14% of occupant deaths in 2014 happened in rollovers caused by an initial side impact.
Rear impact. The rear impact was responsible for 3% of occupant deaths.
A vehicle gets off the roadway. 37% of passenger occupant deaths happened after the SUV rolled over after no initial impact.
Rollovers may lead to occupants being thrown out from the SUV, increasing the possibility of a fatality.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Rollover Accident Case?
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a Miami SUV rollover accident, please contact The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary today to receive expert legal advice and just compensation for your injuries. We have successfully litigated SUV rollover accidents throughout Florida and have the resources to represent clients.
Our attorney is skilled at documenting the extent of an injury and establishing how the design defect caused or contributed to those injuries. We are prepared to take on major automakers to secure your compensation for the medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and any lasting disability.