A rollover is an accident in which a vehicle tips over on its roof or side, often ejecting passengers, which increases the probability of death or catastrophic injuries: traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, fracture, burns, and internal organ injuries. Rollovers are relatively rare, accounting for only 2 percent of all motor vehicle accidents; but they are deadly. More than a third of all motor vehicle fatalities are rollovers.
CAUSES OF ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS
SUVs, vans, and trucks are more prone to rolling over than regular passenger cars, because this type of accident is directly related to a vehicle’s stability when making a turn, a function of the relationship between the center of gravity and the distance between the left and right wheels, called the track width. Combining a high center of gravity with a narrow track width causes the vehicle to be unstable in fast turns. The higher from the ground, the greater the instability.
SUVs built in the 1990s were especially known for their tendency to roll over. Today, new safety standards are in place and the newer SUVs are much less likely to flip. In fact, the SUVs hitting the market today are said to be half as likely as a regular car to roll over. That’s compared with SUVs manufactured between 1989 and 1993 model, which had a rollover fatality rate of 110 deaths for every million registered vehicles. For those manufactured between 2005 and 2008, the death rate went down to 48 for every million.
CLAIMING COMPENSATION FOLLOWING A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
Even today there are trucks that are unstable and roll over because of poor design. When these accidents occur and result in injury and death, you should immediately consult an experienced product liability attorney. The attorneys at the Shepard & Haven law firm in Sacramento work with design engineers and traffic safety experts to determine how a defect in design, manufacturing, and/or marketing contributed to the vehicle rollover.
SUVs and minivans became popular after they were marketed to the public as safe vehicles for families, which could hardly be further from the truth. We are able to help many victims of truck, van, or SUV rollovers to recover substantial compensation for injuries and wrongful death from these poorly designed vehicles, Click here to find more.