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What You Need to Know About Rollover Accidents

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Car Crashes, Defective Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

Vehicular accidents are one of the most pressing issues in America. Any type of car crash has the potential to become extremely devastating for its victims, causing serious injuries and even death. However, this assessment is particularly true for rollover accidents. As pointed out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, the fatality rate for accidents where a vehicle flips over upside down or over to its side is particularly high. Specifically, they note that such accidents usually cause an estimated number of 10,000 deaths annually.

Rollover accidents are a result of stability issues that occur with top-heavy vehicles clearance like SUVs and 4-wheel drives. These types of vehicle are much taller than a regular passenger car. Because they have greater vertical clearance, their center of gravity is also placed much higher. This makes sharp turns and abrupt changes made when driving along narrow roads particularly cumbersome. With a regular passenger car, these movements and lurches won’t be an issue because they are much closer to the ground. However, with SUVs or 4-wheel drives, being farther from the ground can cause them to easily lose stability and tip over completely. On top of that, certain factors can also increase the risk of rollover accidents. Slippery roads and defective tires can make it much harder for drivers to control their vehicles.

While car manufacturers have been installing safety devices to address these issues common in SUVs and 4-wheel drives recently, there is still some cause for concern. For one, individuals driving vehicles that have not been fitted with such devices are still constantly facing the risk of a very devastating accident. Even when passengers are fortunate enough to survive a rollover accident, many Fort Smith car accident attorneys are aware that victims still have to contend with the devastating aftermath of medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional trauma.

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