Sport utility vehicles, commonly referred to as SUVs, have become quite popular with drivers over the last two decades. The combination of roomy interiors, higher driving profiles, sense of comfort and secure off-road capabilities, and other desirable features have made these vehicles one of the fastest-selling segment of automobiles. However, the higher center of gravity of SUVs also makes these vehicles prone to rolling over and causing devastating and fatal accidents. In fact, SUVs have the highest rollover rate of any class of passenger vehicles, with most rollovers occurring when the SUV leaves the roadway.
The Los Angeles SUV rollover attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas have years of experience in helping SUV rollover victims recover the full compensation they are entitled to under the law. We are dedicated, yet aggressive, in helping you get the money that you deserve for the injuries you suffered.
How SUV Rollovers Happen
An SUV rollover is one of the worst things that can happen to you while on the road. SUV rollovers may only occur in approximately 3 percent of all serious motor vehicle accidents, but these accidents account for about 30 percent of auto collision fatalities.
Given the right circumstances, any vehicle can roll over. However, sport utility vehicles are more likely to roll over because of their taller, narrower designs and higher center of gravity that make them more susceptible than traditional passenger vehicles.
When a vehicle rounds a curve, sideways forces shifts its center of gravity to one side. This can have a dramatic effect on the balance of the vehicle. The lateral forces increase with speed and also with rapid changes of direction. For example, if you make too sharp of a turn in one direction and then attempt to overcorrect it in the other direction, the transition can setup a pendulum effect that can eventually cause you to lose control.
The Grim Statistics of SUV Rollovers
By their very nature, SUV rollover accidents are more dangerous than other typical motor vehicle accidents. The false sense of heightened security most SUV drivers experience is the very same reason that makes these accidents more dangerous.
Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) only justify the danger of these top-heavy sport utility vehicles:
- There are more than 11,000 fatal rollover accidents each year in the U.S.
- Rollover accidents account for more than half of all single-vehicle accident deaths
- SUV rollover accident increase the chance of serious injury by 36 percent
- More than 90 percent of rollover accidents involve a single vehicle
Even though SUVs are naturally more likely to roll as compared to other passenger vehicles, few sport utility vehicles are built with basic roll bars. As such, when a SUV flips, the roof absorbs the brunt of the force. Thousands of SUVs are recalled each year because of their increased likelihood to roll or because they do not meet the standards set for automobiles by the NHTSA.
Protect Your Rights With an Experienced Los Angeles SUV Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a SUV accident, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. Our Los Angeles SUV rollover accident attorneys will work hard to help hold the responsible parties accountable and obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
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