If you’ve been involved in a rollover accident, you may have a legal cause of action against either the driver of the vehicle you are in, the other driver involved in the accident, the automobile manufacturer, or another party. Rollover accidents are actually fairly common. Statistics show that over 30 percent of all fatalities that happen in automobile accidents occur in rollover accidents.
Rollover accidents were even more common in prior years. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, when SUVs were new on the market, rollover accidents were very prevalent. At that time, SUVs had a different body design, and were prone to tipping over during accidents, even minor accidents. In the early 2000s, rollover accidents involving sport utility vehicles were only 3% of all automobile accidents in the United States, but caused over 30 percent of all automobile fatalities. Older SUVs were over three times more likely to roll over than cars.
Today SUVs are incredibly safe. They are among the safest vehicles on the market now – only minivans have been proven to be safer. From 2006 to 2009, the automobile fatality rate was twice that of occupants of SUVs.
The main reasons SUVs are so much safer now is because of changes in technology. They are more stable and less likely to roll over. Electronic stability control has been added to all SUVs sold now, and it helps drivers to maintain control on slippery roads, as well as during quick maneuvers. Finally, the roofs of SUVs have been made stronger so that if the SUV does roll over, it’s not as likely to collapse.
Although there’s a lot of good news, rollover accidents still happen. There are about 11,000 fatal rollover accidents every year. Many of the accidents happen in older vehicles, but they can still happen in newer vehicles as well.
Often, rollover accidents happen when a vehicle runs off the road and a driver overcorrects in order to stay on the road. The accident may be caused in part by driver inattention, bad weather conditions, or other drivers’ mistakes. Buckling up can help keep you safe during a rollover accident. If you are thrown from a vehicle during a rollover, you are likely to be seriously killed or injured.
Rollover accidents can cause death or serious injuries. Often, rollover accidents result in spinal cord injuries, including paralysis, brain damage, or death. If you have been injured in a rollover accident, you may wish to pursue a claim against the driver that caused the accident, or the manufacturer of the vehicle that rolled over. If a loved one has been killed, you could have a claim for wrongful death.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that automobile makers have a duty to sell safe products that can withstand a wide range of accidents, including rollovers. If you have been hurt in a rollover accident, call Micha Star Liberty, Oakland personal injury attorney, at 510-645-1000 or 415-896-1000. She works with clients throughout the San Francisco and Oakland areas. Call her to learn more or for a free consultation.