Injuries From SUV Rollover Accidents
Driving a sport utility vehicle often makes people feel safer because they’re big, heavy vehicles. Common sense would tell you that if you’re in an SUV and you get into a collision with a smaller vehicle, that you’re less likely to feel the impact in an SUV. However, the relative safety of an SUV can be an illusion in some respects. Because SUVs tend to be taller than other types of cars, they’re more prone to rolling when you get into a crash.
When an SUV rolls, the consequences for the people inside can be catastrophic. The vehicle’s roof may collapse and be crushed, which can cause serious head or brain injuries. A historical criticism of SUVs is that the seat belts may not automatically tighten in a rollover the way that they would in another type of impact. That can leave occupants exposed to being jerked as the SUV rolls, and vulnerable to a variety of injury types. Another criticism is that door latches may not secure the door in a rollover. That means occupants could be ejected and be very seriously hurt or killed when they impact with the pavement or objects in the road.
If you’ve been injured in an SUV rollover crash, you may have medical bills stacking up from your injuries, and may be unable to work. Many families these days live paycheck-to-paycheck, and losing time from work or having unexpected bills can be devastating financially. An experienced Chicago car crash attorney may be able to help you get your bills paid and secure your family’s future with a successful personal injury claim. If your injuries were caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional act of someone else, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, disability and disfigurement, pain and suffering, or loss of normal life.
Common SUV Rollover Crash Injuries
If you were involved in an SUV rollover crash, it’s likely that you suffered at least one of the following types of injury for which you may be able to receive compensation.
- Head and Brain Injuries — When the roof of an SUV collapses in a rollover accident, that may result in serious brain injuries that can affect your normal functions, perhaps for the rest of your life. A person in an SUV rollover crash also may experience skull fractures, or disfiguring facial lacerations from broken glass.
- Back and Spinal Cord Injuries — Slipped or herniated discs are common in rollover crashes from the force of the impact on your back. A bruised or broken spinal column is another very serious type of injury that may result from a rollover crash.
- Neck Injuries — You may be suffering from whiplash if your head and neck were jerked in a way that caused your neck to overextend. You also may have a herniated or slipped disc in your neck that can be painful and cause nerve damage.
- Chest Injuries — Airbags may help minimize impacts to your chest, but if your airbag fails to deploy or your vehicle doesn’t have an airbag, you may experience broken or bruised ribs or a crushing chest injury.
- Broken Bones — Broken bones are common in forceful impacts. Broken arms, legs, or other bones can be extremely painful and take a long time to heal.
- Soft Tissue Injuries — You may have painful torn or stretched ligaments, muscles, or tendons. This type of injury can affect your ability to move parts of your body, and impede your day-to-day functioning because of the pain.
- Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises — Cuts, scrapes and bruises can be painful and disfiguring.