Whatever model of car you drive, you should be able to use it without fear of it rolling over after a collision with another vehicle, or a stationary object. However, sometimes car manufacturers put their profits before the safety of their customers, and thousands of people in the United States have been injured or killed in rollover car accidents in recent years. SUVs are particularly at risk of rolling over, due to being taller than the standard car, with a lower center of gravity. Several class action lawsuits have been filed due to the increased risk of rollovers after car accidents, such is the extent of the damage caused by toppling SUVs.
Why Do Rollover Car Accidents Happen?
As mentioned briefly earlier, the increased height and low center of gravity of various sports utility vehicles has seen numerous drivers, in Los Angeles and beyond, sustaining serious injuries, including head injuries. There have been plenty of advances in safety-related technology, and improvements in legislation relating to the safety of motor vehicles, however, too many car manufacturers see these regulations as the full extent of their responsibility, rather than the minimum standard they are expected to meet. Measures should also be taken to ensure that roofs do not collapse and cause head injuries, should a rollover car accident occur.
The following statistics, obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, give us some insight into how, and why, rollover car accidents occur.
- Approximately one-third of all passenger traffic fatalities happen in rollover car accidents
- SUVs are most at risk of rolling, with 23% probability of rolling over following a collision
- In 2004, almost 3% of people who were in a rolling car suffered fatal injuries, compared to an average of 0.2% across all types of car accident
- The most common causes of rollover car accidents, both in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States, including driving at excessive speeds, overtaking other vehicles, and driving while intoxicated
- Drivers under 25 are statistically more likely to be involved in a rollover car accident than older motorists
- Defective motor vehicles were also at fault in a high proportion of rollover accidents
However your rollover car accident occurred, an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney from JML Law could help you to recover the maximum compensation available to you.
Why Do I Need an Attorney After a Los Angeles Rollover Car Accident?
When you are facing a potentially lengthy time away from work, and unable to earn an income, while you are recovering from your injuries, the cost of a lawyer may seem like an additional unnecessary expense. Did you know that, when you hire a JML Law attorney to handle your rollover car accident lawsuit, you do not pay any legal fees until we recover the compensation you deserve.
To discuss your Los Angeles rollover car accident with an esteemed lawyer, with no fees until we recover damages on your behalf, call us today on 818-610-8800 for your free initial consultation.
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