If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident, you should contact a lawyer to represent you to collect damages for injuries to you and your passengers. You’re most likely to be injured by an SUV made before model year 2010.
In 2007, the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) mandated that all vehicles be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) by the 2012 model year. The NHTSA said that ESC had the potential to prevent between 4,200 and 5,500 deaths that occur annually as a result of rollover crashes.
An April 2010 Consumer Reports article said that as of that year for the 2010 models, 88 percent of cars and 100 percent of SUVs were equipped with ESC.
In addition, Consumer Reports said that ESC was the most important safety feature since the development of the safety belt. NHTSA estimated in 2010 that ESC could prevent 71 percent of car rollovers and 84 percent of SUV rollovers.
ESC works by preventing a vehicle from slipping sideways in a dangerous turn. Older model SUVs are especially prone to this type of slippage. The National Institute for Highway Safety did studies indicating that ESC reduced the risk of fatal single-vehicle accidents by 51 percent.
Therefore, it is probable that if you sustained an injury because of an SUV rollover that vehicle was made before 2007. Should you be involved in such an accident, you should contact a SUV rollover accident attorney to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
Most rollover accidents are caused by:
- Dangerous turns
- Tire blowouts
Injuries in rollovers can also be tied to the strength of the roof of the vehicle. The greater the strength of the roof in relationship to the weight of the vehicle, the lower the chances of injury.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an SUV rollover or another serious accident, contact Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. to speak with an experienced San Diego SUV rollover accident lawyer about your case. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and suffering.