Tragically, a woman was killed in Dallas this week when her SUV crashed, rolling over several times. The accident occurred when the woman, who was speeding, clipped the curb with her tires. The SUV traveled about 100 feet, then started flipping. The woman was ejected before the vehicle stopped. She died at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.
Unfortunately, SUVs have been known in previous years to be susceptible to rolling over. Fortunately, technology changes have made SUVs safer than ordinary cars. According to studies, someone driving a 2009 car is almost twice as likely to die in a rollover accident as someone driving a 2009 SUV.
Emerging technology, primarily electronic stability control, has been the biggest factor in reducing the death rates for SUV drivers. Electronic stability control is a computer system that helps drivers maintain control on slippery roads and during sudden maneuvers. Electronic stability control is now available on all SUVs sold in the U.S. In addition, more stable designs have decreased death rates from SUV rollovers.
Today, SUVs have some of the lowest death rates due to crashes and are considered safer than large cars – only minivans are considered safer in a crash. However, keep in mind that if you have an older SUV without the safety features the newer SUVs have, you could still be at risk during a crash. That’s why it’s particularly important to always wear your seat belt and don’t speed.
If you have been injured in an SUV rollover in the Dallas area, contact the Barber Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys have significant experience in dealing with automobile crashes and fighting for the rights of those who are injured. Call us today at 972-231-5800.