Unfortunately, SUV rollover accidents occur quite frequently. They often cause serious injuries, and in extreme cases death. Brain injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in a rollover accident. Approximately 10,000 people die each year in rollover accidents, and most of these occur in SUVs.
Most rollover accidents occur because the driver made an extremely sharp turn at a speed faster than the vehicle can handle the turn, forcing him to lose control. However, skidding on wet, snowy, or icy roads can also lead to an SUV rollover accident. Frequently, the vehicle will not rollover until it is off of the road.
There are many instances where SUV rollover accidents could be avoided if the vehicle manufacturers took greater care to build a safe vehicle. The high center of gravity and narrow tire track of SUVs contribute to the frequency of rollover accidents. Design defects in the roof often cause it to buckle in a rollover, and defective door latches increase the incidence of passenger ejections, a leading cause of rollover accident fatalities.
When an SUV rollover accident is caused by a design defect, the manufacturer may be liable for damages sustained due to the accident. Hiring an experienced SUV rollover accident lawyer to represent you will help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
At Stephens & Holman, we have 25 years of personal injury law experience. We have the expertise necessary to help you win your Vancouver, British Columbia SUV rollover accident claim. Please contact our experienced auto accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.