Sport utility vehicles, commonly known as SUVs, have certain design flaws which increase the likelihood of rollover accidents. The injuries associated with rollovers are often catastrophic, or even fatal. There are many possible causes of an SUV rollover, from road conditions to defective tires. The SUV rollover attorneys at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, in Stockton, CA, can investigate the cause of your accident and help you collect the compensation you deserve from insurance companies or another party. If you or a loved one was injured in an SUV rollover accident, contact us online or call (916) 307-6880 today to speak with a member of our team.
A Closer Look at SUV Rollover Accidents
A rollover refers to an accident in which the vehicle flips and lands on its side or roof. SUV rollover accidents commonly occur when the driver makes a sharp turn or swerves to avoid an obstacle in the road. Due to their top-heavy design, this type of maneuver often causes an SUV to roll. Another common cause of rollover accidents is “tripping,” which occurs when the tire of the car hits something, causing the vehicle to roll forwards or sideways.
According to a national study, roughly one-fifth of all fatal crashes are rollovers.
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover accidents are more likely to involve fatalities than other types of crashes. In fact, about one-fifth of all fatal crashes are rollovers. In a rollover accident, passengers are often ejected from the vehicle. In other cases, the roof of the car collapses onto the individuals inside, causing serious head and neck injuries.
Causes of an SUV Rollover
While some accidents are due to driver inattention or error, there are many other possible causes of an SUV rollover, such as:
- High winds or other weather conditions
- Poorly maintained roads
- Defective tires
- Manufacturing defects
The actions of another driver can also lead to an accident. If you have to swerve or make a sharp turn because of the reckless driving of another individual, you are likely not at fault for the rollover.
Proving fault after a motor vehicle accident can be difficult, especially in the case of an SUV rollover. Since this type of vehicle is commonly associated with rollovers, many defendants and insurance companies will argue that the driver was negligent and failed to take the special requirements of the vehicle into account.
Our team at Shore, McKinley & Conger can investigate the cause of your accident and determine who was really at fault. We can also call on experts in accident reconstruction to provide additional evidence and assemble a strong case on your behalf. California is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that you are still entitled to compensation if you were partially at fault for the accident.
Legal Professionals Protecting Your Rights
In all types of car accidents, insurance companies strive to settle claims for the least amount of money possible. Our personal injury attorneys can negotiate on your behalf or take negligent parties to court and ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover and rebuild after your accident. For more information about how we can help, contact our office online or call us at (916) 307-6880 today.