There has been a substantial increase in the number of rollover accidents in sports utility vehicles in recent years. The sport utility vehicle, or SUV, gained popularity for many reasons, particularly its contemporary design, large size and spacious interior. Unfortunately, the same design factors that contributed to the SUV’s popularity also contributed to high incidents of rollovers, resulting in injuries and deaths.
Causes of SUV Rollovers:
There are two primary reasons that contribute to SUV rollovers:
- High center of gravity makes the SUV top heavy. When a driver turns the steering wheel sharply, a rollover may occur
- Narrow track width in combination with the high center of gravity is a design flaw that leads to rollovers
A “safe” sports utility vehicle may not be safe at all when weight is added above the center of gravity. Common, expected weight adds to rollover risks:
- Full gas tank
If you were injured in an SUV rollover accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and other expenses. Negligence may be attributed to several parties in product liability cases. It takes resources, experience and legal skill to successfully challenge large corporations. The Ernst Law Group has a proven track record defending the rights of plaintiffs who were injured due to the negligence of others.
Warning Label Required on SUVS:
SUVS manufacturers are required to install a warning label in each SUV in plain view of the driver. The label says:
- “As with other vehicles of this type, if you make sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers, the vehicle may roll over or may go out of control and crash….”
It is extremely expensive for an automobile manufacturer to correct a design flaw when the flaw is so intrinsically a part of the product itself, like an SUV. Unfortunately, large corporations commonly calculate the cost of a recall and compare it to the costs of lawsuits from victims who were injured or killed in rollover accidents. If the costs of the lawsuits are less expensive than the recall, it may actually be considered a victory by the manufacturer. The Ernst Law Group understands that legal challenges are instrumental in keeping the public safe from the negligent actions of big business. In fact, perhaps the only way to actually effect change is to keep big business honest by exposing their negligent conduct.
San Luis Obispo SUV Rollover Attorney Offers Complimentary Case Consultation; No Up-Front Fees for Negligence Cases:
Were you injured in an SUV rollover accident? Was a loved one’s life lost in an SUV rollover accident? If the negligence of one or more parties caused another’s injury or death, the responsible parties may be held accountable for their actions. The Ernst Law Group offers free consultations to persons who were injured by SUV rollover accidents. You will have the opportunity to ask a San Luis Obispo SUV rollover accident attorney questions that relate to your case so that you will understand where you stand in the case and how to proceed. There are no fees unless and until we win your case. You may schedule your complimentary consultation by calling The Ernst Law Group at (805) 541-0300, or contact us via email at [email protected].
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