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Why are sport-utility vehicles so dangerous to other drivers?

One of the major risks of driving a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is the risk of a rollover accident. These vehicles are tall, which creates a higher risk of sideways forces pushing them onto their sides. Rollover crashes occur in only around three percent of serious collisions, but they pose a major threat to the victims inside the SUV and inside other vehicles impacted by the crash.

For example, if you're traveling next to an SUV when it collides with you, the fact that it may roll could put you at risk of greater injury. If the vehicle rolls over the top of your vehicle, it could crush the hood and cabin, injuring the people inside your vehicle. Additionally, if you're hit in a head-on collision, the height of the SUV's bumper is unlikely to match up with yours, making it more likely that your front end will be crushed under the bumper. This means that the SUV's bumper could actually hit your windshield.

The truth about SUV safety is that newer models are safer. They're made in ways that create more balance and better aerodynamics, so they're less likely to roll. Many vehicles now have special safety systems that help control braking and other emergency procedures, which helps drivers avoid collisions altogether.

If you're a victim of an accident with a negligent or distracted driver who hits you with an SUV, you may be able to seek compensation from their insurance provider or by suing the driver directly if no insurance coverage is available. Having a larger vehicle doesn't give a person the right to act in a dangerous manner, and the law is there to help you request compensation for the pain and suffering you've been through.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Car rollover 101," accessed March 10, 2017

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