SUV Rollover During a Crash?

By Peter DePaolis

traffic at a standstillAlthough the introduction of electronic stability control systems has helped to reduce the risk of rollover, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) rollover accidents continue to cause serious injuries and deaths throughout Maryland and the nation. This is especially true when the rollover causes an SUV roof crush.

While newer SUVs are equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) and have better designs, older SUV models may still be at risk for:

  • Rollover
  • Road departure
  • Underride
  • Ejection accidents
  • Other injury claims involving defective vehicle designs

The experienced accident attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. are dedicated to getting SUV rollover accident victims and their families in Maryland the justice they deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and other damages caused by the SUV roof crush.

If a defective vehicle caused a rollover accident or the wrongful death of a loved one, our rollover accident lawyers will fight to hold the manufacturer accountable under product liability law for your unimaginable loss as they have continued to do so since 1979.

SUV Rollover Accident Statistics

Rollover accidents have the highest rate of fatal car accidents than any other type of crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that while rollovers made up less than 3 percent of all accidents, rollover accidents caused more than a third of the total number of occupant fatalities in vehicles.

An SUV equipped with electronic stability control lessens the risk of skidding sideways and losing control, which can lead to a rollover. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began requiring electronic stability control to be standard on all vehicles under 10,000 beginning with 2009 models.

However, even SUVs with ESC still have the potential to rollover. Vehicles with strong roofs help to protect occupants of SUVs from severe and potentially fatal injuries. SUVs with defective, weak roofs put their occupants at risk in the event of rollovers.

What are the Most Common Rollover Accident Injuries?

An SUV rollover accident can cause severe and fatal accident injuries. Common rollover and roof crush accident injuries include:

Who is at Fault for Rollover Accidents?

When a design flaw contributes to a rollover accident and SUV roof crush, the manufacturer may be legally liable for the resulting damages. Our qualified car accident injury lawyers at our law offices in Maryland can investigate the facts surrounding your SUV rollover accident case and advise you of your legal rights.

For more than 30 years, our SUV rollover accident attorneys have diligently defended the rights of victims harmed by defective products. If a defective vehicle design may have contributed to your SUV rollover accident, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience fighting aggressively to hold negligent manufacturers accountable.

Contact Our SUV Accident Lawyers for a Free Claim Consultation

If you and your family are dealing with the consequences of an SUV rollover accident, roof crush or other car accident injury, speak with the knowledgeable accident lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. today. We will thoroughly investigate Maryland SUV rollover accident cases while working tirelessly to get car accident victims answers and the compensation they deserve. Let us fight for you.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.