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Rollovers in Motor Vehicle Accidents
While some accidents are just fender benders, others can result in serious damage to a vehicle, especially if the vehicle rolls over after being hit. Rollovers are relatively uncommon, occurring in only 3% of crashes, yet it accounts for almost a third of people killed in an auto accident. Of those fatalities, about 75% were not wearing seatbelts. According the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA), SUVs are responsible for the majority of rollovers, while cars are at a much lower risk. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of your car rolling over, then you may be able to receive compensation with the help of a Marietta auto accident lawyer from Jones & Swanson.
Though SUVs are extremely popular, accounting for a large portion of the auto industry, several manufacturers failed to adequately design and test their sport utility vehicles before they put them on the market. Several sport utility vehicles have a design defect which causes them to be highly susceptible to rolling over in foreseeable accident situations. Often times, even accidents that happened at a low speed turn into catastrophic accidents because an SUV rolled over. Significant evidence has been developed over the years that shows that auto manufacturers knew that their SUVs were susceptible to rolling over, but in an effort to get their vehicles to market, they failed to make the appropriate changes needed to make the vehicles safer. If you have been hurt by the lack of safety precautions taken by these manufactures, then they may be subject to product liability and owe you compensation.
Preventing Injury in a Rollover
The number of SUVs on the road has increased since their introduction, making it easier to get injured by a rollover accident. In order for you to say safe on the road, there are some simple precautions that you can take.
Wear a seat belt: In all crashes, over 75% of fatalities come as a result of not wearing a seat belt. Putting on a safety strap is a huge help to avoiding injury.
Watch your speed: The faster that you go, the easier it is for a vehicle to tip over. Almost 40% of fatal accidents involving a roll over were excessively speeding.
Be aware of your load: The heavier a vehicle, the more unstable it is. This is especially true if there is a heavy load on the roof. Be smart about where you put heavy cargo and try to stay under the manufacturer's recommended limit.
Be careful in rural areas: According to the NHTSA, rollovers often occur on country roads because they let cars drive at high speeds and have undivided highways.
Buy a newer model: Newer vehicles have more improved safety systems due to modern technology and increasingly higher standards of safety by the government. If you can, it's better to get the newest model possible. Be sure to check the safety ratings of a vehicle before you purchase it.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, then a member of our legal team can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Whether you are suing an insurance company, a manufacturer, or a third party, a lawyer from our firm can help. When you contact an attorney from Jones & Swanson, we will first meet for a consultation, and then fully discuss the details surrounding your accident to decide how much compensation you deserve. You can be assured that we will provide you with personalized attention and care to help you get through this difficult time.
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