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SUV Rollovers

SUV Rollovers Injury Lawsuits

SUV Rollovers | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Fatality | Rollover Risks

The manufacturers of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) are under increasing criticism for not improving the safety of these popular vehicles. SUV rollover accidents accounted for just 3 percent of all U.S. auto accidents in 2001, but caused nearly a third of all vehicle-occupant fatalities, and an SUV occupant was more than three times as likely to die as a result of a rollover as an occupant of a passenger car.

Jeffery Runge, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top U.S. auto-safety regulator said sport/utility vehicles and pickup trucks aren't safe enough due to rollover risks and consumers should think twice about buying them. Runge added that fatalities in single vehicle rollovers increased 22.3 percent from 2000 to 2001 and now account for 8,400 fatalities. Runge, who served as an emergency room physician for 20-years before becoming head of the NHTSA, said SUV drivers are especially vulnerable to fatal rollovers because the vehicle's high center of gravity makes them more likely to tip during sudden maneuvers.

If automakers don't take steps to make SUVs safer, Runge warned that the government could step in to demand changes.

More than 30 of the 2002 SUVs tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earned just one or two stars, including the top-selling SUV, Ford Explorer, and other popular models such as Chevrolet Tahoe, Toyota 4Runner, and Nissan Xterra.

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If you or a loved have been injured in an SUV Rollover, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified personal injury attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Toyota Rollover Lawsuits Could be Reopened Due to Cover-up Allegations

Sep 3, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A former lawyer for Toyota has accused the automaker of concealing important information about rollover accidents that resulted in deaths and injuries.  According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the accusations could ultimately result in hundreds of rollover accident lawsuits against Toyota being reopened.According to the Times, the stunning allegations were made in a federal lawsuit filed by Dimitrios P. Biller,  a former  managing counsel for Toyota Motor Sales USA...

Staten Island SUV Rollover Lawsuit Results in $8.6 Million Judgment Against Ford

Sep 3, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Two victims of an SUV rollover accident have been awarded $8.6 million for the psychological damage they suffered as a result of the tragedy, which also killed two of their relatives. The decision by a Staten Island, New York judge reverses the decision made by a  jury  five months ago, which had found that Ford Motor Credit Company and Ford Motor Company were not liable for the death of Gary Motelson's older son or the injuries Motelson and his younger son suffered.  Ford Motor...

Ford Settles Many Rollover Cases

Dec 30, 2005 | The Billings Gazette,
Peace on earth, good will to men and a bunch of alpha male lawyers cozying up like reasonable folks to settle lawsuits worth hundreds of millions of dollars.Hey, maybe there is something special about the holiday spirit after all.A Texas lawyer and Ford Motor Company, whose ferocious legal wrangling in South Texas drew national attention in recent months, spent December sorting things out."There has been settlement of nine cases, and I know Ford and lawyer are going to be sitting down and...

Ford loses another rollover verdict

Dec 24, 2005 | Bloomberg
Ford Motor Co. must pay $20.5 million to a New Jersey woman who suffered brain injuries in a Bronco II rollover accident in 1995, a federal jury ruled.Ford is liable to Kimberly Valentini, 35, who drove a Bronco that rolled four times after she swerved to avoid a collision on Interstate 95 in Virginia, jurors in Newark, N.J., found. The jury agreed with Valentini's claim that Ford defectively designed the sport utility vehicle and failed to warn it was prone to rolling.Ford has lost at least...

Explorer Roof Called Too Weak

Nov 20, 2005 | Detroit News
Many of Ford Motor Co.'s best-selling Explorer SUVs from the 1999 to 2001 model years likely do not meet a crucial safety requirement intended to protect passengers in rollover crashes, a safety engineering firm claimed in a petition filed with the federal government.Safety Analysis and Forensic Engineering, which performs research for plaintiffs suing automakers, says internal Ford documents show that a substantial number of 1999 to 2001 Explorers likely do not comply with the federal vehicle...

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