The United States has some massive vehicles rolling around its roadways. Not only semi trucks, but also regular everyday passenger vehicles. While Suburbans, Hummers, and other Shaq-sized vehicles are slowly dying off because of soaring gas prices, the SUV isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone say something along the lines of “I got an SUV because the size will keep me and my family safer, those smaller cars are much more dangerous.” But 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.
Early this morning, four people were seriously injured after an SUV was involved in a rollover accident on North Lake Shore Drive. Police were forced to shutdown several lanes between Irving Park Road and West Belmont Avenue to clear wreckage and begin their investigation into the accident. While the investigation is ongoing, officials from the Chicago Fire Department said the SUV crashed as it was traveling southbound just after 2 a.m., and was the only vehicle involved. All four occupants were transported to local hospitals, and all are currently listed in critical condition. (Fox Chicago)
Contrary to popular conception, the accident fatality rate for SUV occupants is actually slightly higher than that of their smaller car counterparts. Far and away, 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, and this is 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 vehicles can 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 guard, or another lower riding vehicle. This can also happen when one side of an SUV passes over mud or gravel, as is the case with many soft road shoulders. (HowStuffWorks-Auto; The Detroit Project)
As this morning’s accident illustrates, when SUV accidents do happen, the resulting injuries can be severe. If you are injured in an SUV or truck accident, it is important to know how to handle what steps to take to seek justice and compensation for your injuries, and our lawyers have a wealth of experience in this area. For example, our lawyers filed suit on behalf of a 23-year-old woman who suffered multiple 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.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, our lawyers are always available for a free consultation.