Rollover accidents are by far the deadliest risk being faced by car drivers and occupants of SUVs, minivans, and trucks. SUVs are more prone to rollover accidents than typical sedans because of the higher center of gravity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in the past, there were more than 280,000 rollover accidents which claim about 10,000 lives each year.
Rollover accidents are oftentimes caused by the instability of vehicles in turns. An SUV which has a high center of gravity for instance, can become unstable in narrow tracks especially during fast turns or if there is a sharp change of direction. Rollover crashes are more deadly for the vehicle occupants than frontal, rear, or side crashes. These can cause severe head injuries or even death to the vehicle’s occupants.
On Wednesday morning (12/29/10), Loop 303 was temporarily closed due to a Peoria vehicle rollover. Although the cause of the rollover was not stated by AZ Central, the accident happened past 5 a.m. near Happy Valley Road. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the nearest hospital by a medical helicopter with serious injuries.
Many SUVs have roll-stability control systems that prevent rollover accidents. The use of roll cages, like those used in race cars, would also make cars safer, but these cages are very costly and they reduce the living space of the vehicles. Airbags and the stability control systems help make these vehicles safer but SUVs were originally designed as off-road vehicles. Thus, if you are an average consumer, it is important to recognize the design problems before purchasing a sports utility vehicle. If you know the strengths and weaknesses of your vehicle, it is easier for you to avoid unsafe situations and prevent being involved in rollover accidents.
If you or someone you know was a victim of rollover accident, drop us a call at (480) 753-4534 to schedule your free consultation. Our Arizona rollover accident lawyers at The Breyer Law Offices P.C. may be able help you in getting the payment you deserve for the injuries you or your family member has acquired.