Metro D.C., District of Columbia

HomeDistrict of ColumbiaMetro D.C.

Email David Tompkins David Tompkins on LinkedIn David Tompkins on Twitter David Tompkins on Facebook
David Tompkins
David Tompkins
Contributor •

SUV Rollovers: A Persistent Crucial Problem

Comments Off

Steps to take when you are involved in an SUV Rollover:

1. Take pictures of the SUV and all vehicles involved in the collision.

2. Take pictures of location where the accident took place. These pictures should show the layout of the road and include any scrapes on the road, tire marks or skid marks.

3. Keep the SUV even if it is totaled.

4. Take the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses at the accident scene.

People believe that the bigger their vehicle, the safer they are. That perception has propelled the SUV industry into one of the fastest growing car markets in the United States. Unfortunately, that perception is not correct. SUV’s, have a disturbing tendency to roll over which results in more serious accidents. Just about every make and model of SUV’s have this problem.

The government requires SUVs to display a warning label telling drivers that the vehicle may rollover when they make a sharp turn which is exactly the type of a maneuver a driver may take in order to avoid an accident. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, SUVs roll over more than twice the rate of other vehicles. Warning drivers that their vehicle may rollover if they make a sharp turn is not enough, the basic flawed design needs to be changed.

What causes SUVS to flip and rollover? SUVs have a higher center of gravity because they are taller, have higher ground clearance and a narrower distance between their wheels. This higher center of gravity makes it easier for SUVs to tip over. In fact, the heavier the vehicle, which SUVs tend to be, the more likely the vehicle will tip over. A roll over bar provides some protection in the event of a roller yet many SUV manufacturers have taken them out of the SUVs since they are predominantly driven by families.

Don’t be fooled by ratings given to SUV. The tests provided by the manufacturers were conducted by professional drivers with lightly loaded SUVs which have little to do with how an ordinary driver with a car full of kids would react in the same situation. Even an SUV with a five-star crash rating still has a 10% chance of rolling over in a single-vehicle crash. When drivers of SUVs lose control their vehicles, their vehicles tend to flip over more often than passenger cars; their passengers can be ejected which likely results in death. More than half (53%) of passenger deaths in SUVs occurred in rollover accidents.

Litigating SUV roller cases can be complex and involves knowledge of not only state laws governing negligence but also federal safety regulations and laws of corporate liability and products liability. If you or someone you love has been involved in an SUV rollover accident, please click the link on the right hand side of the page.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.