A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle tips over on its side or roof, often due to the vehicle’s lack of stability. Each year, more than 280,000 automobiles tip over in accidents. Tragically, these accidents account for almost 35 percent of all vehicle-related deaths. Unlike most automobile accidents, sometimes a rollover accident can occur without a driver’s negligence and solely because of a defect in the vehicle. In these instances, individuals injured in a rollover accident can seek compensation with the assistance of a Lafayette auto accident lawyer from the designer or manufacturer of his vehicle.
Broussard & David represents clients injured in rollover accidents. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a rollover accident, you may have legal rights. With combined experience in both personal injury law and products liability law, our auto accident attorneys help Lafayette residents and others seek just compensation for their or their loved one’s injuries after a tragic rollover accident.Sports Utility Vehicles and Rollover Accidents
Statistics reveal most rollover accidents involve sports utility vehicles due to their suspension and poor traction. A SUV is more likely to tip over if it is making a sharp turn at a high speed or if it is driving on slippery roads. When manufacturers first began to sell SUVs, they featured a high center, a narrow tire track with poor traction and weak roofs. This lethal combination resulted in a disturbing number of deadly rollover crashes.
Fortunately, today, the National Highway, Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has since recommended that auto manufacturers use costly Electronic Stability Control to stabilize SUVs. The NHTSA also advised auto manufacturers to lower SUV’s center of gravity. These guidelines have made SUVs safer in recent years.
Nevertheless, rollover accidents still remain a concern with any vehicle, especially SUVs. Auto manufacturers are often reluctant to incorporate costly safety measures, which can later threaten consumer safety. After a rollover accident, an experienced Lafayette auto accident attorney can fight for your legal rights and obtain fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Broussard & David offers a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call us at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with an auto accident lawyer in the Lafayette area.