SUVs a Common Denominator in Tacoma Rollover Accidents
Roads today are filled with big vehicles—SUVs, minivans, and trucks. These vehicles became wildly popular over the last 25 years as consumers fell in love with the comfort and power bigger vehicles afforded. But, as consumers quickly began to realize, the bigger design that made these vehicles so desirable came at a cost—vulnerability to rollovers in automobile accidents and rear-end collisions.
Proven Rollover Accident Attorneys Ready to Help
Rollover accidents can be devastating. Victims are often left with severe, long-term conditions like traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Others are killed. Some rollover accidents lead to subsequent fuel fires. Consumer Reports found that rollovers accounted for one third of all automobile accident deaths. The same study found that rollovers were involved in only 3% of all serious car accidents. These statistics demonstrate that rollover accidents are disproportionately deadly.
For victims injured in rollovers, and for those who have lost a loved one, it is important to consult an accident attorney. An attorney can help with the legal and financial consequences that follow a severe accident, so that victims and their loved ones can focus on their recovery. Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc., has helped victims of rollovers and their loved ones throughout western Washington and Puget Sound get through these difficult times for 30 years.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents in Western Washington
Under the right circumstances, even the least likely of vehicles can rollover. Some vehicles are at an exceptionally high risk of rolling over—SUVs, minivans, and trucks. What causes these and other vehicles to rollover can be summed up by two simple concepts: gravity and grip.
The taller and more narrow a vehicle is, the higher its center of gravity. The higher a vehicle’s center of gravity, the more susceptible it is to rollovers. SUVs, minivans, and trucks are substantially taller than other cars, though not significantly wider. The result is a dangerously high center of gravity.
The role grip plays in causing rollovers seems a bit contradictory at first. You might expect that bigger tires with better grip make vehicles less vulnerable to rollover. Suffice to say, the laws of physics dictate otherwise. To put it plainly, bigger tires lead to excessive sideways forces, and excessive sideways forces lead to rollovers.
Speak with an Experienced Tacoma Rollover Accident Attorney
Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc. represents rollover accident victims throughout western Washington and Puget Sound. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a rollover accident, contact our office today for your free consultation.