When it comes to the dangers of auto accidents, sometimes seeing is believing. At least, that is what the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) believes since it is demonstrating the dangers of rollover accidents via a simulator demonstration.
The simulator is designed to show the effects of a rollover accident when adults and their infants are not buckled up. The simulator uses adult size and infant size dummies to get the point across, and Alabama law enforcement is hopeful that the jarring visuals of the simulator will ultimately save lives.
Senior ALEA Trooper Chuck Daniel advises all Alabamans to wear their seat belts. According to Daniel, if “we can just slow down and wear our seat belts, we could reduce fatalities and serious injuries in Alabama overnight.” In 2014, 240 Alabamans alone died from not wearing a seat belt, demonstrably proving the truth of ALEA Trooper Daniel’s words.
Alabama Rollover Accidents by the Numbers
While standard vehicles are capable of rolling over in an accident, it has been shown that sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are up to three times more likely to rollover in the event of an accident. While some SUV models are more prone to rollover than others, of course, all SUV drivers should be particularly aware of the dangers and risks of a rollover accident.
Even so, it is worth noting that these accidents are relatively rare. According to NHTSA data, of the almost 9.1 million car, SUV, pickup and van crashes in 2010, only 2.1% of those accidents were of the rollover variety. However, when these accidents occur, they are more dangerous and fatal than other crash types. Using the same 2010 data, 35% of all passenger vehicle deaths were a direct result of rollover accidents. The majority of those deaths occurred when passengers were not wearing seatbelts, a figure which underscores the ALEA’s reasoning for the rollover accident simulator.
If a SUV is manufactured with a design defect, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for the defect that caused your accident. SUV design defects include:
- Tire and/or Tread Defects
- Faulty Brake and/or Suspension Systems
- Poor Vehicle Stability Design
Given the severe nature of rollover accidents, it is no surprise that rollover crash victims are often left with significant and even lifelong injuries, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Partial Paralysis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Deaths
- And More
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Alabama rollover accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries. Noel B. Leonard is an Alabama accident attorney who fights for an injured victim’s rights to receive legal compensation that helps them pay for medical costs and rebuild their life. From his Foley office, Noel represents Alabama rollover accident victims in Foley as well as accident victims in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties.
Contact Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss the facts of your Alabama rollover accident.