SUV Rollover Accidents In Houston
Roberts Markland LLP represents those injured in SUV rollover accidents in Houston, TX. Call 713-630-0900 today for a free consultation and case review.
Although they have happened occasionally throughout the history of motor vehicles, rollover accidents have experienced a sharp uptick with the popularity of SUVs. Several hundred people are killed in Texas each year in rollover accidents, and more than 1,000 are severely injured. If you were injured in an SUV rollover accident, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights.
Types of SUV Rollover Accidents
Due to their high center of gravity, SUVs are more prone to rollovers than most other types of vehicles. These accidents generally fall into one of four main types:
Turns: High-speed turns can cause an SUV rollover
Ramps: One side of the vehicle climbing an incline can flip an SUV over
Skids: If the SUV hits ice, mud, or pooled water, it can lose traction, leading to a skid and roll
Spins: Hitting a solid object with the wheels can lead to a spin followed by a roll
Causes of SUV Rollover Accidents
Some SUV rollovers are the result of hitting or being hit by another vehicle, but these are less common. Most frequently, an SUV rollover is partially or fully a product liability case. The most common causes include:
Center of gravity: SUVs have a high center of gravity, and in some makes and models it is particularly pronounced. The higher the center of gravity, the more prone to rollovers the vehicle is.
Tire failure: A defective tire can unexpectedly fail, causing loss of control and ultimately a rollover.
Defective suspension: A sudden failure in the vehicle’s suspension system can cause the driver to lose control, potentially leading to a rollover.
Hazardous road conditions: Roads that are poorly maintained or neglected, or that do not have proper signage, can become a “tripping mechanism” for a rollover.
In Texas, comparative negligence laws apply to most types of personal injury claims, including most vehicle accidents. However, these laws do not apply to product liability cases. If you can prove that the SUV had a design or manufacturing defect, you can recover damages from a rollover, even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
Naturally, manufacturers are eager to avoid product liability claims, which can be expensive and garner a great deal of negative publicity. They may offer a quick settlement in exchange for your keeping quiet about the accident, or they may fight you every step of the way. Whichever direction the manufacturer and its attorneys choose, a skilled SUV rollover accident attorney can ensure that you receive every dollar you deserve. Never speak to anyone from the opposing side except under the guidance of your attorney.
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If you were injured in an SUV rollover in Houston, contact Roberts Markland LLP today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review and consultation.