An SUV is more likely to roll-over because SUVs have a higher center of gravity. SUVs are often taller than regular passenger cars, but not much wider at the wheelbase. A sudden maneuver that would not pose a rollover risk to a sedan can cause an SUV rollover accident. Additionally, the typical SUV tends to have a weak roof and insufficient crash protection -- putting passengers at a higher risk for death and paralysis.
Rollover accidents are a significant contributor to highway SUV fatalities each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although only a small percentage of vehicle rollover accidents involve vehicle rollover, almost one-third of SUV fatalities from vehicle accidents occur as a result of rollover. Additionally, 60% of deaths in SUVs occur from rollovers. During an SUV roll-over, occupants can be thrown from the vehicle and severely injured or killed or resulting in a rollover spinal cord injury causing an instance of rollover quadriplegic, even if seat-belted.
Some make and model years have a higher propensity to roll over than other make and model years. Because they don't want to pay compensation for personal injury or wrongful death, manufacturers aggressively defend SUV roll-over accident cases and often attempt to blame the driver or some other party for the injuries.
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