Wednesday, November 5, 2008

SUV Crashworthiness in Rollover Accidents

Sleek, sturdy and strong - sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are popular among motorists and consumers around the country. Unfortunately, rollover crashes often involve SUVs and other bigger vehicles like vans and light trucks. Each year, rollover accident victims swell in number.

Because SUVs are usually bigger than regular cars, injuries in rollover accidents are often fatal. In fact, 33% of all vehicle accidents in the country may be attributed to fatal rollover accidents.

To be able to know how passengers may be protected during accidents, its crashworthiness must be determined. Whatever caused a vehicle to crash, there must be some degree of safety to protect passengers from injuries in an accident. This is called crashworthiness and it is a principle applied by car manufacturers when they design and build cars.

Similarly, crashworthiness can also help you in determining fault in a rollover accident. Faulty design and manufacturing defects could result in accidents and bigger vehicles, like SUVs and vans have unstable center of gravity, making it prone to rollover accidents.

In addition to this, the absence of safety mechanisms like seat belts can undermine a vehicle’s crashworthiness.

If you believe your injuries in a rollover accident are caused by vehicle defects, you must immediately consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to thresh out the issues.