Maryland SUV Accident Attorneys
Collisions Involving Sport Utility Vehicles
During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, sport utility vehicles (SUV) experienced soaring popularity as people flocked to buy the larger-than-average, gas guzzling automobiles. An SUV looks like a cross between a military vehicle and a regular commercial vehicle, or rather, like a station wagon sitting on top of a light truck chassis. Car companies that sold them appealed to consumers who desired more protection on the road. However, SUVs proved to provide exactly the opposite. SUV accident catastrophic injury and fatality rates were disproportionately larger than those for most other regular motor vehicles.
Although the popularity of SUVs significantly declined during the recession, they are steadily making a comeback, though their safety features haven’t seen much improvement. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV collision, you may be entitled to compensation for all resultant damages, including medical costs, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. The law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you file your claim, establish liability, and attain a full and fair settlement amount. Get in touch with us now by calling our toll-free number 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274.
What are the Statistics Concerning SUV Accidents?
A wide variety of important studies on the dangers of SUVs were conducted during the mid-2000s by the Opinion Research Corporation among other national research institutions. The results of these studies display how prominent misconceptions surrounding SUVs are among the American public. They also indicate just how dangerous SUVs really are.
- More than four in 10 Americans believe that SUVs are safer than other regular motor vehicles.
- Approximately half of all Americans do not believe loading contributes to a higher rollover risk.
- Approximately 39 percent of Americans feel more power when driving or riding in an SUV and thus are more likely to make rash decisions.
- SUVs have a rollover rate of 37 percent in fatal accidents, as compared to 15 percent for regular passenger vehicles.
- In 2006, an astounding 8,062 SUV occupants were killed in traffic accidents.
Clearly, the numbers show that SUVs contribute to devastating collisions in two ways: by being conducive to serious rollover crashes due to their very structure and by encouraging drivers to engage in more aggressive and/or reckless behavior on the road.
What are the Dangers of SUVs?
Why are SUVs more prone to rollovers? They have an upraised structure with a high center of gravity and a narrow wheelbase, both of which contribute to a higher rollover risk. Combined with the artificially heightened sense of security that SUVs are associated with, this can lead to devastating rollover accidents that occur usually due to quick turns, high speeds, and other aggressive driving behavior.
If the higher risk of rollover wasn’t bad enough, SUVs are also prone to roof crush. Roof crush is exactly as it sounds and is one of the main reasons why SUV collisions often involve fatalities and/or catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, and paralysis.
Holding Negligent Auto Companies Accountable
If you have been involved in an SUV collision, you need to know your legal rights. It is also important in such cases that your vehicle be preserved and carefully examined by an expert for auto product defects, design defects, mechanical malfunctions, and other evidence. The personal injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you determine liability and work to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, financial damages, and other losses. Contact us today at 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 today for a free, comprehensive review of your SUV rollover case.