Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Of all the types of automobile accidents, rollovers are perhaps the most terrifying and most catastrophic overall. These accidents have a high potential for causing serious injury, particularly to the head and neck, and for throwing victims from the vehicle. In addition, they are also some of the most deadly types of accidents. According to several studies, rollovers are far more likely overall to end in a fatality than other types of automobile accidents (excluding motorcycle accidents). In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 9,873 individuals were killed in rollover accidents in the year 2000. In addition, studies have shown that of all vehicles, SUVs and vans are the most likely to be involved in a rollover accident, with Ford Explorers taking one of the top spots in such accidents. Because of this, research has been done into why these types of vehicles are more prone to rollovers and fatalities. The following is a list of the most common design problems and defects that cause rollover accidents to be more common and more dangerous:

High Center of Gravity The build of vans and SUVs makes them inherently top heavy. This high center of gravity is perhaps the main reason that a sudden swerve or tire blowout is more likely to pull the tires up on either the left or right side, sending the top heavy vehicle into a rollover in the blink of an eye.

Weak Roof Supports that Allow Roof Crush Because of their tendency to flip over, it is important that SUVs and vans have reliable roofs and roof supports. Unfortunately, many vehicles in this category fail miserably on this account. When the roof is crushed under the weight of the car, it often leads to severe head and neck injuries.

Lack of Reliable Door Latches Another reason for the high fatality rate in rollovers is weak door latches. When a rollover occurs, the impact on the car can cause the doors to pop open if they are not fixed with reliable latches. This increases the likelihood of a passenger ejection.

For information on how you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation from the vehicle’s manufacturer if you were involved in a rollover accident, contact a skilled accident lawyer today.

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