Rollover Injury Lawyer
Rollover accidents can be very dangerous to vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of severe injuries and death. Most vehicles are designed to be difficult to roll. Cars and trucks tend to roll only at high speeds or when they veer off roads. However, there are some vehicle designs that can make them more likely to roll, posing a risk of injury to drivers and passengers. In some cases, the manufacturer may be liable for rollover injuries if it is determined that components on the vehicle increased the chance of a rollover accident.
Rollover accidents are not as common as action movies and TV shows portray. Most vehicles are designed to have a low center of gravity, making it difficult for the vehicle to flip. Only when traveling at high speeds can enough velocity be created to roll the vehicle, usually when it hits an object or travels down a slope. When a vehicle rolls while performing standard maneuvers, concerns about design and defects should be considered.
Rollovers Caused by Manufacturer Design and Defects
In 2000, one of the most notorious manufacturer design and defect combinations came to light. The Ford Explorer SUV was involved in hundreds of rollover accidents. Not only was it suspected that the vehicle had too narrow of a wheel base and a high center of gravity, there were problems with the Firestone tires these vehicles used. Premature tire tread separation, a manufacturer defect, combined with a poor safety design of the SUV, caused hundreds of deaths.
Even after the Ford/Firestone rollover accident problems, many vehicles still were designed in a manner that caused them to be top-heavy and easier to roll. Victims of rollover accidents caused by these design flaws have been successful in showing liability by the manufacturers, receiving high payouts for their injuries and losses.
If you have been injured in a rollover accident that you believe was caused by a manufacturer design flaw or defect, contact our team at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law today. If we handle your auto product liability case, we will use our experience and resources to fight for maximum damages to compensate you for your injuries.