Although car manufacturers often market sport utility vehicles as being safer than smaller cars, it is not always the case. Poor stability design, poorly designed suspension and or roof support systems, and inadequate brake systems often couple with things like tire failure due to thread defects and resulting in putting entire families at risk of suffering an SUV rollover everyday.
One of the things that Americans find attractive in SUVs is how much higher off the ground we seat as compared to regular family cars. However this greater visibility comes at a costly, sometimes deadly, price: due to their high center of gravity and a wheel base not wide enough to balance the load during sharp maneuvers, SUVs are prone to roll over. Florida SUV rollover accidents are extremely dangerous not only to the occupants of the rolling sport utility vehicle, but to other drivers and pedestrians in the immediate vicinity. Moreover, infants and young children are especially susceptible to the injuries that occur in these terrifying accidents, including death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and crushing bone injuries, among others.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, SUVs had the highest rollover rate of all vehicles in fatal and injury crashes during 2006.
If the unimaginable occurs and your SUV rolls over and you or your family get injured, have the experienced Miami SUV rollover lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to. This compensation may include funds to cover medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.Types of SUV Rollover
There are four major kinds of SUV rollovers, all of which are potentially fatal:
- Lateral force rollovers: These happen when a sport utility vehicle is travelling too fast to negotiate a curve and rolls over due to the thigh center of gravity that characterizes this kind of vehicle;
- Ramp rollovers: These occur when the tire on one side go up on a ramp or another object more elevated than where the vehicle initially was;
- Side-slope rollovers: This type of rollover occurs when the vehicle is being driven in off-road conditions or when it unintentionally leaves the road;
- Sideways skid rollovers: This type of rollover happens when the vehicle’s rear end spins because the rear wheels lose traction, and the tires hit a curb or other object that causes the vehicle to rollover.
According to statistics from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during 2004, the last year for which this data was collected, 2.7 percent of the occupants in rollover vehicles were killed, as compared to .2 percent of the occupants of vehicles that crashed without rolling over. Similarly, those statistics show that while less than 3 percent of all crashed vehicles roll over, 33 percent of all the deaths that occurred as a result of these crashed happened in rollover accidents. The rate of vehicle passengers that died or suffered incapacitating injuries in cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles was 11 percent higher when the vehicles rolled over than when they did not.
If you have been injured or tragically lost a loved one in a rollover accident, contact our South Florida SUV rollover lawyers so that they can determine whether you have a claim against the manufacturer of your vehicle and/or against the manufacturer of the tires on your vehicle if their investigation shows that these were the cause of the rollover accident. If your accident was caused by a defect or a flaw of either your vehicle or it’s tires our Miami car accident lawyers are committed to holding negligent manufacturers accountable.
When you’re suffering because of a rollover accident, get real results—contact the Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano or call us at 305-595-2400. Our Florida SUV rollover attorneys have experience in and out of court defending the rights of injured victims just like you and we charge no fees for our initial consultation or in fact, for handling your entire case unless we win and obtain compensation for you.