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Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Many of these accidents involve an SUV, and nearly 35% of fatal SUV accidents in the U.S. are due to a rollover. Families often purchase SUVs under the assumption they will be safer than other large vehicles, but, unfortunately, that is not always the case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe or Glendale areas, let the team at Cruz & Associates help you navigate next steps.

What is a Rollover Accident?

The top-heavy nature of SUVs means that they may roll over with little warning and injure passengers inside. Compared to sedan-style vehicles, SUVs are more prone to rollovers because of their higher center of gravity. Legally, rollover accidents are particularly tricky to navigate because they’re often due to how the vehicle is built and not necessarily how it is driven. There are a few different kinds of SUV rollover accidents:

Ramp Rollovers

Ramp rollovers occur when an SUV has one to three tires up on a curb, ramp or otherwise elevated surface. While running up on a curb often happens on accident, this can lead to an imbalanced SUV and cause a rollover.

Side-Slope Rollovers

A side-slope rollover may happen if the SUV is taken off-road and onto a sloping surface. The same can be true of any sloping surface of a road. The imbalance of a sloped surface may cause the SUV to roll over.

Lateral Force Rollovers

Traveling at fast speeds means a lateral force rollover is more likely to occur. These happen when the SUV is unable to successfully navigate a sharp turn or curve and rolls over due to the higher center of gravity.

Sideways Skid Rollovers

A sideways skid rollover is when the SUV’s tires lose traction. Often caused by wet roads and inclement weather, the vehicle is at risk of rolling over if it hits a curb or barrier that knocks it off balance.

How Our Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you’ve been involved in a SUV rollover accident in the Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale or Glendale areas, you have an experienced legal team on your side. Because of the nuance that comes with rollover accidents, having a team you trust is essential in navigating your options. Cruz & Associates is here to help from start to finish.

First, we’ll discern where the fault lies in your rollover accident. It is highly likely that the maker of your vehicle is at fault for your accident, and our team can help prove this. We work together with the area’s experts in vehicle design to break down why your SUV was so susceptible to a rollover. We will work with local jurisdictions to acquire available footage of your rollover to further study the details of your case. Once fault is identified, we can move forward with securing you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Contact Cruz & Associates in Phoenix Today

Injuries from rollover accidents can range from broken bones to permanent brain damage. These accidents can even be fatal. If you or a loved one has suffered a SUV rollover accident, Cruz & Associates serves the Phoenix area with legal expertise you can trust.

Our auto accident attorneys are here for you every step of the way, and your journey to settlement could start today. To schedule your free consultation with us, simply fill out our online contact form or give our Phoenix office a call.