SUV rollovers happen in Huntsville and Decatur daily. Rollover accidents are among the most deadly vehicle accidents we handle at our Huntsville and Decatur offices. Each year nearly 220,000 rollover crashes occur in the United States, many of which lead to serious injury and even death. There are approximately 11,000 fatal rollover accidents each year. Nearly 1 out of 4 vehicles on the road in the U.S. is an SUV.
A rollover occurs when a vehicle, often an SUV, turns over onto its roof or side. All cars, trucks and SUVs can rollover, but automobiles with high centers of gravity, such as SUVs and pickups, are particularly susceptible to rolling over. Although rollovers are relatively rare compared to other types of accidents, rollovers are much more likely to result in serious injury or death. Rollovers can be either single vehicle accidents (not involving a collision with any other vehicles), or multi-vehicle accidents (involving multiple vehicles). In some cases a minor rear-end collision of an unsafe lane change collision can result in a more serious rollover accident. Rollovers most commonly occur on highways, but can also occur on urban streets and at intersections.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report in March 2007 showing the true deadly nature of SUV and other single vehicle rollover accidents. According to that report, in 2004, the latest year for which data is complete, 2.7% of occupants in rollover accidents were killed, while only .2% of the occupants in vehicles that crashed, without rolling over, were killed. While less than 3% of all vehicles involved in crashes rolled over, 33% of all deaths occurring as a result of these crashes were in rollover accidents. The rate of occupants suffering fatalities or incapacitating injuries in a rollover accident was a substantial 11% in passenger cars, pickups and SUVs, and 8% in vans. An astounding 275,637 passenger vehicles were involved in rollovers. This is a 16% increase from 1994. In 2004, 10,553 people were killed in SUV and other vehicle rollovers, up 17.5% from 1994. This stands in stark contrast to the fact that the number of people killed in crashes where the automobile did not roll over was down 3.6% during the same time period. Nearly 3 of every 4 fatal rollovers occurs on a rural road with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or higher. Excessive speeding is a contributing factor in about 40% of fatal rollovers. One of every three passenger vehicle occupant deaths occur in rollovers. More than 80% of all rollovers are solo vehicle accidents (they involve no other vehicle besides the one that rolls over).
SUVs have the highest rollover rate out of any vehicle type and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, SUV drivers are approximately two and one half times more likely to be involved in a rollover crash than drivers of non-SUVs. Taller, narrower vehicles like SUVs and 15 passenger vans have a higher center of gravity, which makes them more susceptible to rolling over than passenger cars, especially in a single vehicle crash. SUVs are also susceptible to untripped rollovers. This commonly happens in accident avoidance situations, when drivers turn the wheel suddenly to avoid hazards. Tests have shown that SUV rollovers can, under certain circumstances, occur from a slight turn of the wheel.
If you have been injured in an SUV accident in Huntsville or Decatur, you most likely were transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital, Parkway Medical Center, Crestwood Medical Center or Huntsville Hospital. From the minute the ambulance arrives, the medical bills start accumulating in your case. Which attorney you hire will determine if you recover in your case. Time is of the essence. It is important to act quickly in obtaining an experienced Huntsville rollover accident lawyer following a rollover accident, so that critical evidence can be secured and an investigation is started as soon as possible. Rollover accident cases are among the most difficult and expensive cases to fight. Your attorney should be experienced with rollover cases and have the financial ability to retain experts and prepare a thorough case. If you or a family member have been injured in a rollover accident, call Ferguson & Ferguson today to learn how we can help. Ferguson and Ferguson handles vehicle rollover accident cases nationally, but most often in Northern Alabama, including Huntsville, Decatur, Scottsboro and Birmingham. For your convenience, we will gladly arrange a free consultation at your home, office or hospital room. Call now. Call 256-534-3435 or 1-800-752-1998.
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303 Williams Avenue SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Decatur Office Location:
401 Lee Street, Suite 607A
Decatur, AL 35601
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