Sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, also known as 4×4’s, off-road vehicles, or four-wheel drives, are our modern day station wagons. Unlike its ancestor, the station wagon, SUVs have a chassis built on a light truck frame that gives them high ground clearance. However, that high ground clearance can put you, your spouse, and your children in danger. SUVs are being marketed to parents, just like you, as a mom’s best friend. These vehicles have video or audio options to entertain the kids, in addition to remote control doors to make loading and unloading the vehicle easier. The SUV manufacturers include and market these features for a reason. It is a smoke screen to hide the more serious problems of sport utility vehicles.
False Security of Sport Utility Vehicles
In the blink of an eye, the lives of you, the driver, your spouse, your children, or passengers in your vehicle that has rolled over will be forever changed. SUV rollover accidents demonstrate that many SUVs are unsafe at any speed and that most of the deadliest crashes involve accident avoidance maneuvers by an experienced driver. There are many questions that need to be answered by the families of the individuals injured and killed in SUV rollover crashes. These accidents require a careful investigation by a skilled team of rollover experts and experienced product liability attorneys to pinpoint the exact cause of the accident, product defect, and which manufacturer or component manufacturer must be held legally responsible.
Recently, the Ford Motor Company was ordered to pay the largest punitive damage award ever in the amount of $87 million dollars, plus back pay, to a crash victim and her husband as the result of a Ford Explorer SUV rollover. It was proven that Ford knowingly sold a dangerous and defective vehicle and that the Ford Explorer design made it prone to rolling over during common swerving or accident avoidance maneuvers and that the vehicle’s roof was too weak to withstand a rollover, crushing the occupants inside of the SUV. Only 2 months into the year 2011, Ford has already issued 2 SUV recalls due to faulty construction of their vehicles. The F-150 has been recalled due to faulty door latches and the 2011 Ford Explorer has been recalled for faulty second row seats.
SUV Design Flaws Heighten Risk of Rollover
When it comes to automotive design, safety should never be an option. The Ford Explorer and many other SUV’s are flawed in design. Marketing campaigns by automobile manufacturers try to promote the fact that SUVs are safe and family friendly. The experienced Philadelphia SUV rollover lawyers at The Beasley Firm will tell you that they are anything but safe. Our rollover accident lawyers and team have successfully proven that SUVs are highly prone to tipping over even under normal driving conditions because they have heavier bodies and higher centers of gravity. SUV rollover accidents are catastrophic and can cause traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spinal injuries, closed head injuries, blindness, deafness, amputations, serious burns, crushing injuries or even death.
Effective Representation That Won’t Back Down
Since 1958, the legendary Beasley Firm has fought against the world’s largest automakers, tire manufacturers, and auto component manufacturers to secure some of the nation’s largest awards for victims, just like you, and their families of SUV crashes. The Beasley Firm rollover lawyers and their experts are aware that manufacturers place unsafe vehicles on highways when they know of the defects. Car manufacturers continue to sell defective vehicles, placing an emphasis on money in their pockets, rather than your safety.
In several of our cases, our experienced SUV rollover attorneys were able to demonstrate that even professional stunt car drivers had problems controlling SUVs while filming movies or commercials. Recently on the set of filming in New York featuring Nicholas Cage, an SUV operated by a well trained and skilled stunt driver went out of control in Times Square during the taping, injuring crew members and hospitalizing 9 individuals. Even highly skilled and trained drivers could not control their SUV vehicles.
At The Beasley Firm, in one of our rollover cases, our aggressive Pennsylvania traffic accident lawyers obtained outtakes from a commercial advertising the “toughness” of an off road SUV and found that trained stunt drivers had difficulty controlling the same vehicles. That is the same vehicle that is advertised and sold to you to be the safest, most family-friendly vehicle on the road.
In one case that brought national attention, the rollover attorneys of The Beasley Firm negotiated a confidential settlement with one of the Detroit automakers. This was one of the largest in the United States concerning the vehicle and resulted in design changes and eventually the decision to stop manufacturing the vehicle. As the popularity of the SUVs increases worldwide, so too will rollover injuries and deaths to uninformed and trusting consumers. Statistics show that every year in the United States there are more than 200,000 injuries and 10,000 fatalities due to rollover accidents. Our SUV rollover lawyers understand what you have been through and what medical expenses and pain you or a loved one still faces, and we believe in holding the wrongdoers accountable. Our record of success speaks for itself. For more information, contact us toll free at (888) 823-5291 or online. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation and no recovery, zero fee guarantee.