July 9th, 2013|
July 9, 2013
Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are among the most popular types of automobile in the United States today. In fact, estimates show one in four new vehicles purchased each year will be an SUV. However, driving an SUV may put individuals in danger of accidents that would not occur in another type of vehicle.
SUV Rollover Crashes are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities today. According to PBS News, records show that 63 percent of all SUV fatalities were the result of a rollover accident. Rollovers happen at a higher rate amongst SUVs when compared to other types of vehicles.
Experts say there are several common causes for SUV rollovers. One of the leading causes is equipment malfunctions. Ford recently recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles after receiving reports that tire failures were causing their vehicles to flip and crash.
Another leading reason SUVs have such a high rollover rate is vehicle design. SUVs are typically taller than other vehicles but are usually constructed with a wheelbase only slightly wider than other smaller vehicles. When the SUV is traveling too fast or takes a sharp turn, the vehicle can be prone to rolling and crashing.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say awareness of these risks and remind motorists that careful driving is the best ways to avoid an SUV rollover.
October 16th, 2012|
Oct. 16, 2012
A Huntsville resident was injured as the result of a single-vehicle accident this past week. An article from WHNT 19 News said the crash happened Friday evening at the intersection of Governors Drive and Monte Sano Boulevard.
Reports indicate the man was traveling westbound on Governors Drive when he attempted to make a sharp left onto Monte Sano. The driver lost control of the SUV during the maneuver. The vehicle then left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest.
The driver was trapped inside the wreckage for roughly 20 minutes while rescue crews worked to extricate him. The victim was then taken to a Huntsville hospital for an examination and treatment.
While single-vehicle accidents are often blamed on driver error, what many fail to realize is that a vehicle’s design may be at fault for causing an accident. Research has shown the narrow wheelbase and large tires on many vehicles can play a significant role in an Alabama SUV Rollover accident. When this is the case, an injured victim of a car accident may be able to seek compensation for damages from the manufacturer of the vehicle.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers have experience filing a claim for such an accident and would encourage anyone who has been injured in an SUV rollover to explore their legal options for compensation following such a crash.