SUV drivers may be unaware that defects in the vehicle’s design could result in a tragic rollover or cause serious injury to others during an accident.
Getting into an accident can be a traumatic experience for anyone, but it is even worse if you find out your vehicle was defective or someone close to you was killed. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an SUV accident, you need to speak with an experienced Ponca City, Oklahoma personal injury attorney. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our legal team represents clients in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including SUV accidents. We have over 65 years of combined experience, and we are proud of the reputation we have built throughout the state.
Are SUVs Safe?
When you look around on the road, it is impossible not to spot at least one or two SUVs nearby. Drivers of SUV are fans because they assume these vehicles provide more safety for them and their passengers. But, how often do you see an SUV listed for the safest vehicle you can buy? Not only could that SUV kill someone else due to its large size and weight, you could find yourself in a rollover accident.
SUVs tend to roll over more than standard cars. According to the NHTSA, SUVs are taller and narrower. They have a higher center of gravity and therefore are more susceptible to rolling over. This is not a new problem, either. Ford Explorer and Firestone Tires were at the center of years of litigation due to 100+ deaths nationwide caused by rollover accidents. However, other tires also yielded the same problems with rollovers, leading experts to determine the Ford Explorer was the problem with its high center of gravity.
In addition, Ford suggested consumers keep the tires at a lower PSI than recommended by Firestone, to make the SUV less prone to rollover. Statistics showed that the Ford Explorer was 53% more likely than other similar compact SUVs to roll over in an accident caused by equipment failure like bald tires, blowouts, or faulty brakes.
Determining Liability in SUV Accidents
SUV accident claims can often be more complex than standard auto accidents, especially if an accident involves a single vehicle rollover. There may be multiple liable parties, including the brake manufacturer, repair shop, tire manufacturer, auto dealer, and even the vehicle manufacturer. You should not attempt to pursue damages resulting from an SUV accident on your own. Our attorneys have years of experience litigating these types of cases and know how to uncover other sources of recovery.
Injuries are often severe when an SUV is involved, which is why you need to protect your rights. We will aggressively pursue all liable parties and help you maximize your potential recovery. We have plenty of trial experience and are not afraid to take on big corporations and vehicle manufacturers in the courtroom. Our main goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Oklahoma SUV Accident Attorney
If you suffered injuries due to an SUV accident, even if it is a single rollover accident, let our experienced legal team help. Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker today to schedule an initial consultation.