Work with a Proven St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
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.
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.