SUVs are common in the Oklahoma City area, and may people prefer these vehicles for their size and perceived safety benefits. However, some SUVs have been prone to rolling over, causing serious injuries and even death to the occupants of the vehicle.

Rollover accidents have higher fatality rates than any other type of car or SUV accident. Rollover accidents accounted for close to 35 percent of all passenger vehicle accident fatalities during 2010. During the same year, 2.1 percent off the 9.1 million car, SUV and other types of passenger vehicle accidents were rollover accidents. Overall during 2010, 7,600 victims died in rollover accidents.

Rollover accidents are dangerous and, unfortunately, oftentimes result in fatalities. When a rollover accident has occurred, depending on the circumstances, there may be a number of parties to blame. A negligent driver in another vehicle may have caused the accident or the vehicle manufacturer may have negligently manufactured the vehicle, which resulted in the harm to the victims and their families.

Suffering the unexpected loss of a loved one in a fatal SUV accident is understandably overwhelming. These difficult circumstances can be compounded by the unexpected financial harm and damages that victims and their loved ones may face following the accident. Legal options are available to help families and loved ones recover damages for the financial and emotional harm they have suffered.

Victims of SUV rollover accidents and their families may be left with a number of challenges they did not expect to face following the accident. Legal options are available to help victims and their families recover from the negligence of others. A victim of an SUV accident, or their family members, should understand all of these options for pursuing legal damages that can help them move forward with life.

Source: Safercar.gov, “Fatalities,” Accessed Sept. 21, 2015