SUVs have grown in popularity in recent years, largely due to the perception that they are safer vehicles. This may be true in some respects. Most SUVs are four-wheel-drive vehicles and provide improved traction on snowy winter roads. However, the design of SUVs makes them extremely prone to rollover accidents, a fact that actually detracts from their overall safety.
There are several design defects inherent in SUVs that increase the likelihood that they will be involved in rollover accidents. The high center of gravity and narrow tire track of SUVs makes them more likely to rollover when the driver loses control and goes off the road. Defective tires have also led to an increase in SUV accidents, many of which result in a rollover.
Furthermore, there are other design flaws in SUVs which make the injuries resulting from rollover accidents more severe than they need to be. Many SUVs have a roof structure that is not strong enough to support the vehicle’s weight in the event of a rollover. As a result, the roof will tend to buckle, increasing the severity of injuries sustained. Defective door latches have also been known to cause doors to pop open during a rollover, resulting in passenger ejections. Vehicle ejections are responsible for 63% of rollover fatalities.
If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident caused by a vehicle design defect, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. At Stephens & Holman, we have the skills and resources to provide you with first-rate representation in your SUV rollover accident claim.
Please contact our Vancouver, British Columbia auto accident lawyers today to schedule your free consultation.