SUV rollover accidents occur when the vehicle turns over on its side or roof after the driver has lost control of the vehicle. Most of the time, rollover accidents take place when the vehicle is making a very sharp turn at excessive speeds. SUVs are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents due to their high center of gravity and narrow tire track.
Due to the widespread popularity of SUVs, rollover accidents are occurring more often than ever before. If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident, you can contact the Vancouver, British Columbia lawyers at Stephens & Holman to find out if you are eligible to receive compensation for your damages.
SUV Rollover Statistics
Rollover accidents can be devastating, and frequently lead to serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and wrongful death. While rollover accidents can occur in any vehicle, they are much more frequent in SUVs. Approximately 35% of fatal SUV accidents occur because of a rollover crash, compared with approximately 15% of fatal auto accidents.
Consider the following facts:
- Approximately 10,000 people die in rollover accidents each year. More than 60% of these accidents involve SUVs.
- Brain injuries are the most common injury resulting from rollover crashes.
- The rate of serious injury in rollover accidents is 36% greater than in non-rollover crashes.
- Ejections from the vehicle are responsible for 63% of rollover fatalities and lead to serious brain injuries in many rollover accident survivors.
- Over 90% of rollover accidents involve only one vehicle, and approximately 80% of rollover fatalities occur in single-vehicle accidents.
- Approximately 55% of single-vehicle accident fatalities are caused by rollovers, while only 11% of multiple-vehicle accident fatalities involve a rollover.
Design Defects in SUVs
Many SUVs contain design defects which lead to an increase in the occurrence of rollover accidents and make the resulting injuries more severe. Some of these design flaws include:
- Vehicle instability caused by an overly-high center of gravity.
- Poor roof structure resulting in the roof buckling during a rollover accident.
- Defective tires.
- Defective door latches causing the doors to pop open, leading to vehicle ejections.
- Tire tracks that are too narrow.
If a vehicle design defect caused your rollover accident, you may be able to collect damages from the SUV manufacturer. The lawyers at Stephens & Holman have been representing auto accident victims for 25 years and have the skills and experience to bring you the best possible settlement to compensate you for your injuries.
If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident, please contact the Vancouver, British Columbia auto accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We have 14 offices around the Lower Mainland.