Brooklyn SUV Rollover Accident Lawyers
Car Accident Attorneys in Brooklyn Representing the Rights of People Injured in SUV Rollovers
It’s undeniable that SUV safety has improved over the past several years. According to Consumer Reports, SUVs had a history of being prone to rollovers; however, the more recent models actually roll over less than other vehicles. This favorable trend was first seen in the early 2010s.
Despite the improvements, SUVs can cause serious injuries when they roll onto their sides or hood. These are heavy vehicles. The average SUV weighs around 5,000-7,000 pounds, much heavier than the average passenger sedan. When an SUV flips, then it is at risk of collapsing and crunching any passengers still inside.
Please contact our law firm if you were injured in an SUV rollover. One of our Brooklyn SUV rollover accident lawyers can help you obtain compensation.
Why SUVs are at Risk of Rolling Over
Vehicles that have a taller center of gravity are more prone to rolling over than those that are wider and shorter. Because SUVs are relatively tall and narrow, they are more likely to flip onto their side or hood, especially if they are taking a corner too fast or if they try to turn while going uphill or downhill.
Of course, any vehicle can roll over, especially if it is tripped by something. But SUVs with passengers will always be a risk.
Manufacturers have responded by trying to improve stability. For example, they have installed electronic stability control systems, which can prevent a vehicle from rolling when it is on level ground. Other improvements include improved tread on tires that can grip the road.
Why Rollovers Are Dangerous
Rollovers are some of the most dangerous accidents that motorists can experience. There are several reasons for this.
For one, many occupants are not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. It is very easy to be tossed clear of the vehicle when it rolls over. An unbuckled passenger could also strike someone or something inside the SUV and suffer serious injuries. The single best step a person can take to protect themselves is to buckle up.
SUVs are also at risk of collapsing when turned upside down. The bottom of the vehicle, which is heavy, cannot be supported by the hood, which can lead to a collapse. Design changes have reduced the chances of this happening, but it is still a possibility.
Receiving Compensation for a Rollover Accident
The key to obtaining compensation is to identify what caused the accident and your injuries. If someone struck your vehicle, forcing it from the road before it flipped, then you might bring a claim against the other driver.
However, sometimes design defects are to blame for the accident. For example, the electronic stability system might have been defective, which caused your SUV to roll onto its hood. If so, then this defect is likely the cause of your injuries, and you should consider suing the manufacturer.
Speak with a Brooklyn SUV Rollover Attorney Today
These are complicated cases. Manufacturers aggressively defend their reputation and will try to push responsibility for the accident onto the motorist. To protect yourself, reach out to our law firm today.
Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman has collected more than $800 million for our clients. We will gladly help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 212-285-3300 or fill out our contact form.