SUV Rollover Accident Lawyers
In order to pursue your case, you must have the vehicle in your possession. More than 10,000 people a year are killed in sport utility vehicle rollovers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety. When vehicles roll, their roofs hit the ground, deform, and crush. Poorly designed, weakly supported roof designs are to blame.
Another factor in vehicle rollovers is tire failure as the result of manufacturing defects. A Duncan Firm auto injury attorney will employ investigators and engineers to determine what caused your SUV to flip. Duncan Firm has successfully represented victims in death and injury and product liability lawsuits growing out of these tragic crashes. Read about our success record in rollover lawsuits.
In the process of winning these cases, Duncan Firm has compiled documents and completed research on these vehicles. Depending on the facts, we will pursue your case as personal injury, wrongful death and/or product liability. In all cases, we know what a fair settlement looks like. We also know how to prepare for trial, what experts to hire, and how to present the evidence so juries can understand design negligence and how dangerous these vehicles are.
In short, a Duncan Firm attorney has the depth of experience to get you the best settlement or jury verdict in the shortest possible time. For a free consultation, please call our Little Rock office at 877-638-6226 today.
Cases We’ve Won
Confidential Settlement – Beach, et al. v. DaimlerChrysler Corporation
In this case, a high school student was burned to death in the rollover of a Dodge Ram pickup. Duncan Firm determined that the gas tank had exploded due to poor design and was therefore defective. A settlement was obtained for the victim’s family.
Confidential Settlement – Cobb v. General Motors
In this case a young woman, on her way to be fitted for her wedding gown, was killed when the Chevrolet Blazer she was driving crashed and rolled over. From the circumstances of this tragedy, Duncan Firm determined the woman’s death was due to poor seatbelt design. The victim’s family was awarded a settlement.
SUV Rollover Dangers
Any vehicle can roll in a crash, but the problem is worse in some kinds of vehicles than others. About 25 percent of occupant deaths in crashes of cars and minivans involve rolling over. For SUVs, this proportion jumps to 59 percent.
Why is this?
- High center of gravity/narrow track width. Since SUVs have a higher center of gravity than other vehicles on the road it makes them top heavy. A corrective action puts an SUV in a rollover position.
- Weight. SUVs are supposed to be able to carry a heavy load of people, equipment, etc, over any type of terrain. This fact has made SUVs a popular family car. But more weight increases the chances of a rollover accident occurring, despite the belief that added weight will add stability.
- Removal of the roll bars. An SUV without roll protection is what makes an SUV rollover accident so dangerous. Although SUVs were made for the purpose of off-road driving, when manufacturers decided to market them as family cars they removed the roll bar protection. This, combined with the high clearance and high center of gravity, make SUV rollover accidents more potentially fatal.
In order to pursue your case, you must have the vehicle in your possession. One of the first things we do is send a letter to a salvage yard or to an insurance company to ask that the vehicle be preserved. It is extremely important to your case that the vehicle be preserved in the same condition it was in after the wreck and that it is maintained in that condition.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a sport utility rollover accident in Little Rock, Los Angeles, New York City, or elsewhere, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced auto accident lawyers at Duncan Firm by completing the form on this page or calling 877-638-6226 today. We proudly serve Arkansas, California, New York, and surrounding states.