Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are favored by many for daily driving, but their design flaws can lead to serious or fatal injuries in the event of an SUV rollover accident. If you have been injured in an SUV rollover or other type of SUV accident, you may need an experienced Chicago car accident attorney to discuss the merits of filing an Illinois personal injury claim.
If SUV rollover injuries have resulted in the death of loved one, a qualified Chicago car accident attorney can help you file a wrongful death claim against the person or manufacturer responsible for the accident.
SUV Rollover Facts
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- SUVs roll over more easily than other types of vehicles as a result of their design; and
- A relatively high number of passengers die as a result of SUV rollover accidents each year.
In addition, Georgia’s Governor’s Office to Consumer Affairs states that:
- Almost 50% of Americans don’t think that the way that they load an SUV has any impact on the chances that an SUV will have a rollover accident;
- More than 40% feel safer in an SUV than in another type of automobile; and
- Almost 40% of people who are drivers or occupants of SUVs feel more powerful.
Unfortunately, these feelings of “invincibility” can run counter to the actual vulnerabilities of SUVs. In 2006 alone, single-vehicle SUV rollovers accounted for 47% of driver deaths, compared to only 21% in smaller passenger cars.
SUV Rollover Injuries
SUV rollover accidents are especially dangerous as a “rollover” creates several points of impact that can seriously injure an occupant. Possible SUV rollover injuries include:
- facial injuries;
- skull fractures;
- broken bones;
- brain hematomas;
- brain damage;
- full or partial paralysis; and/or
- back injuries.
An SUV rollover accident can also lead to death.
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As a service to the residents of Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and Illinois in general, the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will frequently publish blogs about local accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of Illinois motor vehicle accidents that can result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
— single-car accidents such as SUV rollovers;— accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and — accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, and/or drunk drivers.