The attorneys at Chalaki Law, P.C. recognize the risks of driving dangerous Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) and appreciate the gravity of the seriousness and catastrophe of an SUV rollover accident.
Dallas SUV Rollover Accident Attorney
Many people assume they are safe driving in an SUV due to their larger size. However, the higher center of gravity, excess weight and other contributing factors can undermine the stability of these vehicles. Vehicle rollovers can happen quickly, and in many cases mean a serious or fatal situation for those inside. Individuals who are affected by SUV rollovers often find themselves left with an overwhelming amount of physical or emotional injuries, accompanied by monetary damages that can create a difficult situation for a substantial period, or possibly the rest of their lives.
What Are the Causes of SUV Rollover Accident?
Any vehicle can roll over, but the modern SUV was designed and manufactured with structural flaws that allow for a high risk of rollovers. Regardless of the substantial statistical evidence exploiting these structural errors, manufacturers have neglected to address and fix these issues.
The emotional and financial burden of tending to the physical and monetary damages caused by your avoidable SUV rollover deserves proper representation and a legal counsel that strongly argues your case. Chalaki Law, P.C. will accurately depict your pain and suffering not only to secure your deserved compensation, but to put the burden of financial and moral responsibility to at-fault parties to act to prevent this unfortunate catastrophe from striking other families.
These SUV structural flaws include, but are not limited to:
- Higher Center of Gravity – The structure of the modern SUV is top-heavy, with the high height of the vehicle supported by a base with a narrow width. The top-heavy nature of the SUV provides a higher center of gravity and makes the vehicle more probable to roll over, especially when turning or traveling at high speeds.
- Poor Roof Construction – The roof of the modern SUV exhibits a lack of protection, and often a complete absence of a roll-bar. This deficiency of safety has the grave potential to escalate the injuries of those in the SUV. The passengers, as well as the driver, have a much higher likelihood of slamming their heads against the ceiling as it is turning over, leading to severe, and often detrimental, injuries including serious or fatal brain or spinal cord injuries. The poor roof construction also contributes to higher odds that an occupant is thrown from the vehicle, often furthering the severity of the injuries for occupants.
- Added Weight – Due to the SUV’s capability to carry heavy loads, the added weight contributes to the lack of stability. To support the more substantial weight, the SUV is a heavier vehicle in contrast to other cars. This excess weight above the center of gravity creates a higher likelihood of rollovers.
Legal Action Following an SUV Rollover Accident
SUV rollover accidents often result in the devastating injuries of the occupants in the vehicle. The aforementioned flaws the modern SUV can escalate a devastating injury to a detrimental one. The following injuries are typical results of SUV rollovers and create a painful, emotional, and financially difficult situation for victims, such as:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Brain Injury
- Back Injury
- Cervical Neck Fractures
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the party responsible for sustaining safety standards for vehicles that SUV vehicles all too often do not meet, which has resulted in an overflow of vehicle recalls. The unsafe nature of SUV’s can often be attributed to product liability, and manufacturers may be found at fault. As the doctrine of product liability demands, the chain of responsibility must be followed to determine the point in which the flaws were carelessly made; whether that be design, manufacturing, or a warning defect.