SUV Rollovers

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Sport utility vehicles, commonly referred to as "SUVs," are liable to be involved in all the same types of accidents as other automobiles: rear-end and head-on collisions, sideswipes and T-bone collisions. They are also prone to be involved in a type of accident which is rare among sedans other passenger vehicles: rollover accidents. The center of gravity for SUVs is higher, and therefore corrective steering in an emergency situation can more easily cause a rollover. While some rollovers are caused by negligent or reckless driving on the part of the accident victim, others are the result of inherent design flaws which would make it difficult - or impossible - for the driver to avoid causing the vehicle to flip. If you or anyone important to you has been hurt in an SUV rollover, get in touch with a personal injury attorney at our firm, providing us with the details of what occurred, including the year, make and model of the SUV.

At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, we know that SUVs are fun sporting and muscle cars. They are also often family cars, used to carry anything from your kids and their cheerleading team to a full load of birthday party attendees, or even bringing your new college freshman with all his or her baggage to the airport. These vehicles can, however, easily turn into a deathtrap for the driver and passengers. Our family team takes pride in bringing extensive legal experience as advocates for the rights of accident victims. We may be able to obtain compensation for those with SUV rollover injury claims.

Preventive Measures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drivers take certain precautions to reduce the chances of rollover:

  • Avoid any situation that could lead to losing control. This can include speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving when fatigued.
  • Avoid extreme, panic-driven steering. Should your SUV go off the road, reduce speed gradually and then gently ease back onto the road when it is safe to make that move.
  • Maintain your tires and replace them whenever needed.
  • Load your SUV properly. Heavy loads cause a vehicle to roll over more easily.
  • Be careful on rural roads.

Even with these precautions, drivers are sometimes incapable of avoiding a rollover. There are cases on record where an SUV flipped over in an accident as a result of inherent flaws in the design which made the vehicle prone to rolling over. If this can be proven to be the case in your accident, you may have grounds for a product injury lawsuit against the manufacturer. In addition to the high center of gravity, there is the possibility that the car accident was caused by a sudden tire blowout. We investigate our accident cases from every angle to find the evidence we need to support our clients' claims. Contact us now for a free consultation and to get started on your case.