Deadly Atlanta Accidents: Why Do Georgia SUV Rollovers Occur?

Each year, more than 280,000 rollover crashes occur in the United States; these crashes are responsible for the loss of more than 10,000 lives. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that about one-third of SUV crashes involve a rollover.  In comparison, only 17 percent (less than one-fifth) of accidents involving cars or vans include a rollover. Why are SUVs so vulnerable to rollover accidents?
One reason is the design of SUVs.  SUVs have a short, narrow wheelbase, high ground clearance, and a high center of gravity. This top-heavy design helps with off-road performance but increases the likelihood that the vehicle will tip. SUVs designed after 2005 are equipped with electronic stability control (ESC). This safety feature greatly reduces the risk of SUV rollovers.
Here are some factors that can contribute to Georgia SUV rollover accidents:
  1. Turning at high speeds
  2. Sharp turns
  3. Overcorrecting
  4. Road defects or road debris
  5. Overloading
  6. Aggressive driving
  7. Defective tires
  8. Inadequate tire maintenance
Most Atlanta SUV rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents. These accidents can be caused by road defects or vehicle defects.  In some cases, SUV rollovers are caused when another driver behaves recklessly. If you lost a loved one to an Atlanta SUV accident, contact Atlanta auto injury lawyer Shane Smith at (980) 246-2656. You may be able to get accountability for your loss with a wrongful death lawsuit. When you come in for a free consultation with an Atlanta auto injury lawyer, Shane smith will be able to determine if you have a Georgia wrongful death claim.
For more information about the rights of Georgia's injury victims, download a free copy of Shane Smith's book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.