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Defective Design Causes Rollover Accidents

Any type of motor vehicle accident can be dangerous and cause serious injury.  Some types of accidents, however, have the ability to commonly cause much more serious injuries than others.  One particularly dangerous type of car accident is the rollover accident.  A rollover accident occurs when one or more vehicles roll onto their sides, roofs, or even flip over several times.  Rollover accidents tend to cause more severe injuries than others because there is usually more than one point of collision.  If you have been injured in a rollover crash that was someone else’s fault, you should contact an auto accident attorney in Fayette County as soon as possible for help with a potential case.

 

Some vehicles have a much higher tendency to rollover than others due to design flaws or other defects.  For instance, vehicles with higher centers of gravity, narrow axle tracks, and sensitive steering are extremely prone to rolling over, especially at high speeds.  Fifteen passenger vans also commonly rollover, most commonly when they are heavily loaded or have cargo on the top.  Certain SUVs and pickup trucks have received a lot of negative attention because the design is particularly flawed, inciting numerous rollover accidents.  These include the Ford Bronco II, Jeep CJ, Isuzu Trooper, and Mitsubishi Montero.

 

In rollover accidents, the roof of vehicles can often collapse and cause severe head and brain injuries.  Vehicles with certain designs that are prone to rollover should always have a roll bar or roll cage to keep the roof and sides of the car from collapsing in a rollover accident.  However, roll bars cut down on cargo and passenger space, therefore many companies opt not to include roll bars even though the vehicle has the high capacity for rollovers.

 

If you have been in a rollover accident or received more serious injuries because a vehicle was defectively or negligently designed or manufactured, you deserve to recover for your injuries.  Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a consultation with an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia