Are Modern SUVs Safe?
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SUVs have undergone a major evolution since they became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Listen to leading car defect lawyer Mike Eidson give his take on the evolution of the SUV in this video. Some SUVs, though much different than they used to be, may be prone to rollover accidents. If you suffered injuries in a vehicle rollover accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Florida law office of Colson Hicks Eidson by calling 305-476-7400 or submitting a case review form today. We can investigate whether your SUV or car has a potentially defective part or design defect that may have contributed to your involvement in a car accident. Our attorneys have experience leading national and international defective part claims.
SUVs were originally trucks and they turned them into cars, and they really didn’t make any changes to make them safer. Trucks were not well-designed really for consumers, but there was this rage in the 80s and 90s to own an SUV, still is. What they did, they took these vehicles with their liabilities, which was they made them high and narrow, so that they could clear things off-road. They had a narrow wheelbase and a high center of gravity, which causes you to roll over, like if you steer two times, you can put into input to roll the vehicle over from normal highway friction. This is on perfectly dry, wet, straight road that can happen. We’ve tested it, and we can prove it. Gradually, as people demanded more and more comforts, controlled handling, better brakes, anti-skid brakes and so forth out of an SUV, they’ve made these more like cars. Until today, like BMW is made, [or] Honda, they make like a cross-purpose vehicle, which is really more like a car than it is a truck. The truck thing, that’s old fashioned. Now, there’s still manufacturers that make SUVs on a truck chassis, but there are a lot less of them now than there used to be. Now, you have a special purpose vehicle. If you need help with a legal problem, call Colson Hicks Eidson, 305-476-7400.