Do you know that most drivers believe that Sport Utility Vehicles are safer than other cars because of their large size? However, due to their propensity, when it comes to rolling over, they are just more dangerous to drive than other vehicles. Across the US, about 10,000 fatal rollover crushes are recorded from SUVs each year.
Read on to find how SUV rollovers take place, the recorded figures, and why you need to engage an attorney in case of an SUV rollover.
Introduction to SUV Rollovers
A modern SUV has several structural flaws in its design which inclines to rollovers. Although the manufacturers are aware of these errors, they are reluctant to rectifying them and are only focused on gaining profits. Here is a breakdown of some flaws experienced in SUVs:
- Additional Weight
Unlike minivans and Pickups, SUVs are heavier in weight as a means of carrying heavy loads. However, this weight exposes the car to more rollover risks than any other vehicle. The additional weight beyond the designed center of gravity increases its chances of rolling over.
- High Center of Gravity
The SUV manufacturers designed it to have a small base size, whereas their center of gravity is high. As such, these characteristics make it top-heavy, predisposing it to more rollovers when compared to vehicles that have a low center of gravity.
- Poor safety features
Initially, the SUV manufacturers designed it for off-road use. However, due to its popularity over the years as a family vehicle, the roll bars that were installed for off-road users were removed. More so, the vehicle design was not altered to compensate for safety features that were removed.
The General Statistics of SUV Rollover in Ohio
According to State Patrol, Ohio records about 1,000 vehicle crushes annually. However, the highest number of rollover cases occur in SUVs. The vehicles may experience lateral rollover, side slope, sideways skid, or ramp rollover.
All these rollovers are fatal and may result in significant injuries or death to the car occupants. Although several consumer groups continue to raise alarm over the safety concern of SUVs with no success, most Ohio residents still believe these vehicles are the best for transportation.
Preventing and Surviving a Rollover
Regardless of the type of car you’re driving, you must observe road safety measures. Here are a few measures that can help prevent an SUV rollover:
- Check your tires
The SUVs are naturally heavy, and you must drive using proper tires. Underinflated tires and those bought from a poor manufacturer are the major cause of rollovers. Therefore, regularly check the tires to ensure they are in good condition.
- Slow down
Driving at high speeds risks your car from rolling over. Drive at moderate speed and avoid rushing during rainy or icy season.
- Put on a seat belt and avoid distractions
Seat belts play an essential role in ensuring that no passenger is thrown out of the car in case of a major impact. It not only prevents you from significant injuries but saves lives.
Drinking or eating when driving is a distraction and might lead to a rollover. The hands should hold the steering wheel at all times when driving.
Benefits of Hiring an SUV Rollover Lawyer
While legal representation may not be necessary in most car accident cases, SUV rollovers are complex. They require the skills and great knowledge to hold the manufacturer responsible for damages and injuries caused due to the production error.
Are you a victim of an SUV rollover or have lost someone you know through an SUV rollover and have no idea how to get compensated? Here at Friedman, Domiano & Smith, we’ll help you develop a strong lawsuit against the car manufacturer and the insurance company. Contact us today for a free consultation.