Vehicle Rollover Attorney, San Francisco
Vehicle rollover accidents are a common occurrence on highways and roads throughout California and the United States. Every year, thousands of people suffer catastrophic personal injuries and lose their lives in these horrific accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 28,933 vehicle occupants were killed in traffic accidents in the year 2007 alone. More than 35 percent of those fatalities occurred in rollover accidents. Out of the 10,194 people who lost their lives in rollover accidents in 2007, approximately 54 percent of them were occupants in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks.
NHTSA statistics regarding personal injuries from vehicle accidents in 2007 closely correlate to the fatality data noted above. According to recently released NHTSA data, approximately 224,000 people were injured in rollover accidents in the United States during 2007. Injuries from rollover accidents thus accounted for roughly 10 percent of all vehicle occupant injuries in 2007. This figure represents an increase of more than 8 percent over the 2006 injury total. As with the fatality statistics, the 2007 NHTSA data shows that approximately 54 percent of the vehicle occupants injured in rollover accidents were riding in SUVs and pickup trucks.
As we will discuss in more detail below, several different vehicle design and manufacturing defects can cause or contribute to rollover accidents. Chief among these causes are stability-related defects and tire defects. The severity of the personal injuries and the likelihood of death in a rollover accident are also both increased when the vehicle or its key safety features suffer from design or manufacturing defects. For example, a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle roof can easily be crushed in a rollover accident, a scenario known as “roof crush.” Roof crushes compound the severity of a rollover accident and the injuries suffered by the occupants. Similarly, defective seat belts or air bags will exponentially increase the odds of catastrophic personal injuries and death in the event of a rollover accident.
Lawsuits related to vehicle rollover and roof crush accidents are very complex and expensive to pursue. These cases require specialized knowledge and significant financial resources to fight against the large automobile and parts manufacturers whose activities are inextricably tied to rollover accidents. Not all attorneys are equipped to handle the enormous challenges that such cases present.
The Brady Law Group, however, has the industry knowledge, trial experience and financial resources to succeed in even the most complex vehicle rollover and roof crush accident cases. We have over two decades of experience in the highly technical and specialized field of automotive products liability law. We use 21st-century technology and the best experts in the business to help us investigate, prepare and present all of our cases.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a vehicle rollover accident, contact the Brady Law Group and speak with one of our experienced California trial attorneys today. Our consultations are always free.