Vehicle Rollover Deaths and Injuries-Still a Major Problem-Minneapolis Injury Lawyers
Statistics show that vehicle rollovers account for approximately 1/3 of all people killed in car accidents and small vehicles. That is an estimated 10,000 deaths and more than 20,000 serious injuries per year. It is an even worse problem with SUVs than with passenger cars.
It is a basic fact that the talent is can be avoided if the vehicle provides basic occupant protection. It is a biomechanical fact that the forces of trauma to the occupant of a vehicle are much less in a rollover than with a frontal or side impact.
We have all seen the drivers of race cars walk away from horribly violent crashes. That experience stands as evidence that vehicles can be built to withstand rollover crash.
The seatbelt restraint system is an important aspect of protection from rollover injury or death. It is important that the restraint system function in a rollover to keep the occupant in the seat and away from the roof-or to avoid ejection. Side air bags are important. The frame of the roof should be strong enough to withstand the crush forces of a roll over.
The personal injury lawyers at the Schmidt Salita Law Team know that there is still a lot of work to be done by automobile manufacturers. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act is only a start.