Since their creation in the early 20th century, the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) has gained immense popularity among American drivers. In the United States, in and around the 1990′s, the number of SUVs on the roads in the country began to grow exponentially. According to the US Bureau of Transit Statistics, in 2006, there were nearly 100 million SUVs and pick-up trucks registered in the United States. However, with their growing popularity also comes a growing threat: SUV rollovers and accidents.
The facts on SUV related accidents can be alarming. The National Traffic Safety Administration reported the following for the state of California in 2009.
- There were 3,081 fatal car accidents.
- Light pickup-trucks, vans, and SUVs amounted to 718 fatal accidents.
- 849 fatal accidents that year involved a rollover.
- SUVs can be more than twice as likely to roll over compared to a normal automobile.
Dangers of SUVs
Sport Utility Vehicles have several key differences compared to traditional automobiles that make them more susceptible to rollovers and crashes.
Higher Center of Gravity
Since SUVs are generally taller than typical automobiles, they have a higher center of gravity. This leads them to be more prone to rollover type crashes. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) reports that while most cars have about a 10% rollover chance, SUVs have anywhere between 14%-23% chance. A majority of SUV rollover accidents are caused by the vehicle “tripping”, or driving over or striking a low object (such as a curb), thus causing the rollover. SUV drivers who engage in emergency or quick maneuvers to avoid road hazards cause a significant number of SUV accidents as well. Having a higher center of graving simply makes the SUV handle less safely than a lower, typical automobile.
Increased Weight and Height
SUVs are essentially a sedan or station wagon type car built on a pickup-truck frame. These types of vehicles can vary in weight from 2,000 – 8,000 lbs. This increased mass can accordingly do an increased amount of damage in an SUV accident. Since SUVs tend to be higher off the ground than regular automobiles, the front or rear bumper will often go over the top of a smaller car’s bumper in a crash. The combination of increased weight and height causes tremendous amounts of damage in accidents. Smaller cars involved in SUV accidents almost always incur more damage.
False Sense of Security
Drivers of SUVs often believe that, due to their height and increased size, that they are safer on the road than other automobiles. This is simply not the case. Pound for pound, regular cars almost always have lower death rates than SUVs. Due to this false believe of security, drivers of SUVs often engage in negligent driving practices. Negligent driving leads to SUV accidents and deaths. Below are a few negligent driving behaviors that contribute to San Francisco SUV accidents.
- Traveling with excessive speed
Making illegal and aggressive lane changes
- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
San Francisco SUV accidents are increasing in frequency and in damage done. Due to their large size and higher center of gravity, they are leading to more accidents, injuries, and deaths each year. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an SUV accident, contact one of our experienced San Francisco SUV accident attorneys today. Here at Alexander Law Group, we have decades of extensive experience handling the toughest of SUV accident cases. Our firm has helped clients recover millions of dollars in damages for the pain and suffering they have incurred as a result of their SUV accidents. Below you’ll find a brief recount of a few of the cases we have won for our clients.
- $1.2 million recovered for an 18 year old involved in an SUV rollover.
- $275,000 recovered for a woman who’s car rolled over after being struck at a stop sign.
- $3.5 million recovered for a 19 year old involved in a rollover.
* Because all cases are different, these figures do not represent a guarantee of outcome.
The San Francisco SUV accident attorneys at Alexander Law Group will passionately work with you to procure all possible monetary compensation you are entitled to after your injury. Our goal is to help our clients receive proper compensation for their pain and suffering as the result of SUV accidents. We realize that this is a difficult time for you and know it can be hard to associate a dollar amount to an injury. Fortunately, this is an area our attorneys specialize in. Our results speak for themselves. You can reach one of our San Francisco SUV accident attorneys at 1.888.777.1776. Alternatively, you can reach us by e-mail and we will get back to you promptly.
When our firm accepts cases, we operate on a contingent fee basis. Simply stated, if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything.
After your SUV accident, you need knowledgeable attorneys on your side. We are here to help you with your SUV accident case. We have the experience needed to succeed. We are here to fight for you.
Please call or contact us today.