While green initiatives calling for better fuel efficiency and more concern for the environment may be slimming down the number of Suburbans and Escalades you see on the road, the SUV wont be extinct anytime soon. 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, 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.
Contrary to popular conception, the accident fatality rate for SUV occupants is actually slightly higher than that of smaller vehicles. Far and away, rollover accidents are the most serious threat to SUV owners, claiming the lives of more than 10,000 individuals every year. Nearly 300,000 of these accidents are reported annually, and they are due primarily to the high center of gravity of many SUVs. While it is true that inexperienced drivers are more likely to flip their vehicles, 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. (HowStuffWorks-Auto; The Detroit Project)
When SUV accidents do happen, the resulting injuries can be extremely 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 traumatic brain and neck damage. If you are injured in an SUV or truck accident, it is important to choose an attorney with experience handling cases like your to ensure you receive maximum compensation for the harms caused to you. For over twenty years our firm has fought to protect the rights of those who are catastrophically injured or killed as a result of driver negligence. In one such lawsuit, our lawyers represented 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, you may not be aware of what your best options are when seeking legal compensation. Our lawyers 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.