The Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV may be one of the bestseller vehicles in the United States after the records of its sales skyrocketed to over 25% during year 2004 brand new vehicle sales. This SUV sale has represented almost 14% of all the registered vehicles sold in the country.
As of recent accounts, 22 million and more SUVs are on the highways and roads of U.S. Ironically, many car buyers who preferred the SUV cited that one of their major concerns for choosing the said vehicle is because of safety issues. They claim that the size, weight and height of the SUV make them feel more protected. Indeed, the SUV is bigger, apparently heavier, because of it and higher than most other cars.
It is unfortunate to note, though, that when it comes to vehicle rollover accidents, which is the foremost cause of fatalities in the highways of the U.S., the SUV is considered as one of the riskiest vehicles being driven that may lead to such incidents.
Recent statistics on death due to vehicle rollovers show that about 12,000 people was killed last year. The 62 percent of this statistic is attributed to SUVs being driven by the victims. This statistics recognizes the SUV as the highest rated vehicle to become involved in a rollover.
The SUVs vehicle description and style is very well attuned with the penchant of most Americans, in an ironic way. Being a large vehicle makes it popular among the people but is quite dangerous on the roads.
The weak point of an SUV is centered on its wheelbase, which is somewhat slight and unstable. This is combined with its "high center of gravity" and poorly designed safety mechanisms.
Very few understands that the very characteristic of the SUV, which although has mass appeal, makes it quite a threatening vehicle that has a high percentage of rolling over right after collisions or crashes.
It is a long process to make the automakers of SUVs to find ways of improving their products' style and concept and even warn the customers in advance of the dangers present with every ride on an SUV. The false sense of safety and security being felt by the people by having a larger car makes the SUV quite a deadly machine.
The best way of really minimizing and controlling, the severity of damage caused by SUV rollovers is by educating the people of how and why it could happen. Re-educating the people is a good way of letting them become aware and wiser in their choice of vehicles. It is true that manufacturers are ensuring, through crash and rollover tests every new SUV created to for the market.
Nevertheless, it is an entirely different level when people become more aware of the mechanics and science of crash, collisions and rollover accidents. This is the way for them to make more educated decisions on what types of vehicles to drive into our roads.
Meanwhile, if you were involved in an SUV rollover incident, make a wise move and let your vehicle rollover lawyer deal with the various legal complications and affairs connected with it.