When you are involved in a rollover accident, it is critical to determine, first of all, who is at fault and second if there is insurance to cover for that accident.
Sean M. Cleary
Auto manufacturers can often be held responsible for rollover accidents either for defective design or improperly functioning safety equipment. Some vehicles are noteworthy for their propensity to roll over. While rollovers occur only in about 3% of all serious crashes, they account for about 30% of people killed while traveling in passenger vehicles. Next to head-on collisions, vehicle rollover accidents are the most deadly type of accidents that happen on US streets, roads and highways. At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we go to the scene of a Florida rollover crash immediately. Call us today in Miami at 305.416.9805.
Vehicles with an extremely high risk of tipping over
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's materials shows that for 2013, 50% of the SUV fatality cases involved rollovers. Rollovers caused 45% of the deaths that occurred in pickup accidents. Only 24% of the deaths that occurred in car crashes involved a rollover.
The factor that separates these vehicle models is their design. The higher the center of the mass, the narrower the axle track and the more sensitive a car is in steering, the more unstable it will be on the road, especially in critical conditions.
SUVs tend to flip over as they are taller and have higher ground clearance. The models displaying long off-road suspensions have an even higher center of mass. Also, SUVs are more likely to be used on more dangerous rural roads.
Pickups are, also, more likely to be driven on rural roads. Moreover, lower safety belt use contributes to fatal or severe injuries.
Vans are more prone to tip over due, also, to their larger body. 15 passenger vans are more likely to roll over due to the type of suspensions used, necessary for sustaining a heavy load. Moreover, the weight of the passengers contributes to their instability. When fully loaded, their center of gravity moves up and to the back.
It is fair to note that even as the number of fatalities increased when SUVs became more popular, the latest models display lower death rates due to their modern ESC systems and airbags.
Some of the models that received only three stars in NHTSA rollover ratings are:
2016 Cadillac Escalade SUV
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 SUV
2016 Ford Expedition SUV
2016 GMC Yukon SUV
2016 Jeep Patriot SUV
2015 Smart Cabrio C
2015 Smart Coupe 2
2012 Smart Fortwo
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Sierra 2500
Vehicles that were rated two stars in rollover ratings are:
Ford Transit Medium Roof 15 Pass WAGON
Ford E-350 P15 VAN
Nissan NV3500 Passenger Van
Vehicles rated one star in rollover ratings are:
Freightliner Sprinter 2500 VAN
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 VAN
If a rollover accident occurs either because of collision with another vehicle or defective design, it is imperative that the safety equipment works properly. Injuries can be minimized in case:
The roof of the car does not collapse
Seat belts keep vehicle occupants hanging from the safety of their seats
Lateral airbags deploy properly
Unfortunately, a great number of product liability lawsuits are filed exactly for these reasons, proving that security equipment won't necessarily protect you in the event of a rollover crash. Such failures do make legal remedies necessary.
Besides auto manufacturers, negligent drivers that caused the rollover in the first place can and should be held responsible as well. Typical negligent actions that can lead to a rollover collision include running a stop sign or a red light or running at high speed.