While green initiatives calling for better fuel efficiency and more concern for the environment may be slimming down the number of large vehicles on the road, the American automotive market is notorious for it’s love of the SUV. It’s not uncommon to hear people justify purchasing a larger vehicle with the sentiment that it provides greater safety for their family and themselves. However, in reality, larger high-riding vehicles are no safer than smaller cars for their occupants, and they often pose a much greater danger to other drivers in motor vehicle accidents.
At least 8 people were injured Monday morning after a two-vehicle rollover crash turned into a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 57 near the South Side of Chicago.
According to officials, the incident began when an ambulance responded to the two-car rollover around 2:30am, but escalated after the emergency vehicle was struck by another car while the driver was attempting to observe the scene; by 3:30am, two additional accidents occurred. The individuals involved were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Stroger Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment, but none were considered to have life-threatening injuries. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Contrary to popular conception, the accident fatality rate for SUV occupants is actually slightly higher than that of smaller vehicles. By a large margin, rollover accidents are the most serious threat to SUV owners, claiming the lives of more than 10,000 individuals each year. Nearly 300,000 of these accidents are reported annually, due primarily to the high center of gravity of many SUVs.
Inexperienced drivers are more likely to flip their vehicles than experienced ones, but rollover accidents can and do happen to anyone. According to federal research, 92% of rollovers are initiated by a vehicle being “tripped,” which can be the result of striking a curb, a road guard, or another lower riding vehicle near them. This can also occur when one side of an SUV passes over mud or gravel, as is the case with many soft road shoulders. When SUV accidents (https://www.levinperconti.com/motor-vehicle-accidents.html) do happen, the resulting injuries can be severe. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2010, nearly 90,000 people were injured in Illinois car accidents, suffering injuries that ranged from minor broken bones to life-altering brain and spinal cord trauma. (HowStuffWorks-Auto; The Detroit Project)
If you are injured in an SUV or truck accident, it is important to know how to handle it; our lawyers have a wealth of experience in this area. In one of our cases, our lawyers filed suit on behalf of a 23-year-old woman who suffered debilitating leg fractures as the result of a serious accident. Our attorneys were able to secure a $2.07 million verdict for our client, ensuring that she would have her medical bills and insurance costs paid for, both now and in the future. At Levin & Perconti, we believe that no one should be penalized for an accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, and we will work with you to ensure that your case is handled properly and with the utmost care.