Time to debunk some myths. Over the years we have heard a lot of people remark that they drive a big SUV because it is safer than a car, but with more than 150 years of shared experience in the legal and medical fields, our lawyers know that this is nothing but a fallacy.
Yesterday four adults and three children where injured in a multiple car accident involving a Chicago police squad car and two SUVs. The collision occurred in the Gresham neighborhood a little after 11 a.m., when authorities witnessed someone fire a gun from their vehicle. According to police reports, the officers were joined by another car and began pursuing the suspect, but the latter vehicle crashed near 76th Street and Halsted soon afterwards. The accident caused one of the SUV’s to flip, coming to rest on its roof, and three passengers were rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious-to-critical condition. Four other passengers were also taken to a local hospital, but were listed as being in good condition according to the Chicago Fire Department. None of those injured are believe to have life-threatening injuries.
In reality SUVs are no safer than their smaller counterparts, and often pose much greater danger for other drivers on the road. In fact, the occupant death rates for a large SUV is 6% higher than that of a car, and occupants of larger vehicles are much more prone to being killed or injured in rollover accidents, which result in more than 1,000 deaths each year. While inexperienced drivers are more likely to flip their vehicle, rollovers can happen to anyone, and federal research has shown that 92% of all rollover accidents are the result of a vehicle being “tripped”. This happens when a high riding SUV or vehicle hits a curb, a guard railing, a low-riding vehicle, or when the wheels on one side of the vehicle experience a high level of friction, perhaps from straying onto the mud or gravel on a roads shoulder. This can just as easily happen to safe drivers, and these kinds of accidents often occur when a driver is swerving to prevent an accident after being cut off by a reckless driver. (Chicago Tribune; The Detroit Project)
Our line of work means that our lawyers routinely see bad things happen to good people. Sometimes even when you do everything you are supposed to do, practicing safe driving, checking your blind spots, and paying attention to the road, another person’s actions can still leave you severely injured. Our attorneys have reached settlements and verdicts totaling more than $520 million, helping our clients try to return to lives they knew before their accident. In some unfortunate cases, our clients are never fully able to recover from their injuries, but this compensation can help them pay medical bills, insurance costs, and make up for lost wages, allowing them to at least have peace of mind.