Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) have been associated with the soccer mom or family car, just as the minivan is; however, SUVs have crossed over that stereotypical barrier and appeal to all different age groups. SUV sales continue to increase, which also increases the likelihood that an SUV will be involved in an accident since there are more of them on the road than ever before.
Because SUVs have a narrower track width than a passenger car as well as a higher center of gravity, they are more susceptible to rollover accidents in Iowa and throughout the nation. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), SUVs have a 75% higher chance of being involved in rollover accidents than passenger vehicles.
Although it is common knowledge that SUVs have a higher likelihood to roll, many of these vehicles are still not built with roll bars and the necessary roof support to protect the occupants' heads from injuries. When an SUV rolls, the roof takes the impact of the crash. If that roof fails to meet safety standards, devastating injuries may occur in these roof crush accidents.
If SUV roofs are not built well, they can fail and collapse inward on the occupants of vehicles. When this happens, tragic injuries as well as fatal injuries, such as a wrongful death, may occur in these Iowa rollover crashes. Other serious injuries that could result include:
Although sport utility vehicles that have been manufactured in recent years are safer than the ones first built, there are still poor quality parts or defective parts that could have been used in the making of your SUV. If an SUV rollover accident causing roof failure occurs, it is possible that the manufacturer could be held responsible for negligence in the design or poor quality of the parts.
If you are one of the fortunate ones to escape from an SUV rollover with a roof failure, you may have suffered lifelong injuries and need compensation to care for your disabilities. If these injuries were outside of your control, you don't need to suffer the financial burden of your injuries alone. You may have a lawsuit against the SUV manufacturer.
Call the Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund today to find out how you can hold the vehicle manufacturer liable for your injuries and earn financial compensation for your damages and losses. Contact an experienced Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer at (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation today.
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