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What Maryland Accidents are Unique to Sports Utility Vehicles?

By Alpert Schreyer on March 12, 2012

A sports utility vehicle (SUV) offers a sense of handling, safety, and power that often separates them from other vehicles. However, the unique design of SUVs, a passenger vehicle body built on the chassis of a pickup truck, makes these vehicles not only different in the way they handle and perform, but also in how they respond to accidents and what may occur in the event of a crash.

Most SUV companies pride themselves on how their vehicles handle and their combination of size and all-terrain handling. While not all SUVs today have four-wheel drive or all-terrain features, they are what the vehicle line was built on originally and, as such, still has ties to. While SUVs can easily be involved in common car accidents such as rear ending, sideswiping, and even head-on collisions, there are other less common accidents they are prone to be involved in, including:

Rollover Accidents

Because of their height and high center of gravity, SUVs are more likely to be involved in a Maryland rollover car crash. When the vehicle turns sharply or hits a hazard, often when traveling at a high speed, the inertia of the vehicle overcomes gravity and tips the vehicle over sideways. Because an SUV has a high center of gravity, it does not take as much force or speed to send it toppling over.

Blind Spot Crashes

Due to the vehicle’s height and size, SUVs often have blind spots in their side and rearview mirrors that are large enough to hide a vehicle. Even if the driver checks the blind spots when changing lanes or turning, a vehicle may still be hidden, resulting in a crash.

Unsafe Design

While SUVs are meant to be designed as extremely safe and tough vehicles, they often feature serious design defects or features that lack safety. Past models of SUVs have featured defects including a weak roof which doesn’t provide sufficient protection during a rollover, defective tires, and defective door latches that make an ejection more likely.

Not all SUVs are more dangerous than other cars, but these vehicles are frequently involved in serious and unique accidents that cause many injuries. The Waldorf SUV accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can aid you in finding sufficient compensation if you have been injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence or recklessness. For more information, call (844) 632-7274.

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