SUV rollover accidents happen without warning – know the facts
Sport utility vehicles, commonly known as SUVs, are especially popular in Arizona. With all of our wide-open spaces and off-road areas to explore, SUVs are an ideal way to explore the Grand Canyon State. But people need to be aware there can be risks involved with SUVs.
News reports of SUV rollover accidents have been common for years. Between 1991 and 2000, the number of fatal SUV rollover accidents doubled nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
SUV rollover accidents are related to a vehicle’s stability. What often makes many SUVs so vulnerable to a rollover accident is their high center of gravity and narrow wheel width. The result is some SUVs have been known to roll over when turning or rapidly changing direction.
Statistics about SUV rollover accident fatalities
SUV rollover accidents can be “particularly violent,” the NHTSA noted. In 2000, rollover crashes killed 9,873 occupants of passenger cars and light trucks, almost one-third of the total deaths of occupants of these types of vehicles. What’s more, the NHTSA reported that a rollover crash is far more likely to result in fatalities than non-rollover crashes.
Many product recalls have been associated with SUV rollovers. In 2000, Firestone issued a massive recall of its tires on Ford Explorers due to concerns about rollover accidents. In 2010, Toyota issued a recall of certain Lexus SUVs due to a potential problem with rollover accidents.
How a Phoenix rollover accident lawyer can help
Keeping up to date with the latest news on SUV rollover accidents can be daunting. At Israel & Gerity, PLLC, a knowledgeable Phoenix SUV rollover accident lawyer at our firm is eager to talk with you about any questions you might have about your rollover accident.