Every year the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) receives reports of about 10,000 deaths and, at least, 24,000 cases of serious injuries due to rollover accidents involving, most especially, SUVs. Next to head-on collision accidents, rollovers register the highest number of deaths and grave injuries.
Any type of vehicle can rollover, most especially those that have worn out tires as the vehicle can easily lose traction and those that have the tendency to understeer, or turn lesser that intended, or oversteer, that is turn farther than it was meant to. However, because SUVs are designed with a higher center of gravity from the ground, this makes them more prone to rollover accidents than ordinary cars.
The law firm of Williams Kherkher explains on its website how a serious accident can dramatically change a victim’s (and his/her family’s) present and future life/lives, especially if the physical injury and trauma leads to disability that will render the victim incapable of reporting to work for weeks or months; besides the loss of the capability to earn the victim can be faced with costly medical treatment, which he/she cannot but choose to undergo to help him/her recover.
One modern safety device that manufacturers of cars have found that could significantly lower occurrences of rollover accidents is the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). This safety feature, which the NHTSA has directed vehicle manufacturers to incorporate in their brand new and future cars, consists of sensors that have been enabled to detect loss of vehicle control. As loss of control is detected, the device applies brakes on the appropriate wheel automatically to allow the driver regain and maintain control and put the vehicle back on track. ESC is also able to help stabilize the vehicle during abrupt turns, eliminate chances of oversteering and understeering, improve traction on slippery or icy roads, and improves vehicle control on road shoulders and gravel patches.
Designing an SUV with a higher center of gravity that makes it more likely to rollover may be considered a failure in design by the manufacturer. And this act of negligence, if it ends in a personal injury, can put the manufacturer in a situation wherein he/she would be held legally responsible for any injury sustained and probably be required to compensate the victim for all present and future damages.
Consulting with a Houston personal injury lawyer, who is highly-competent in the field of tort law, can give the victim all the legal help that he/she needs and may be even be awarded by the court the full amount of compensation allowed by the law.