Your Expert Mitsubishi SUV Rollover Attorney
Mitsubishi Montero models from 1999-2006 were built with very weak structures and rated as a high-risk for rollover accidents, leading to injury or death. If you or a loved one has been harmed or killed in a Mitsubishi Montero accident, contact Serna & Associates today for your free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal rights.
High Rollover Risk for Mitsubishi SUV
Though many SUV makes and models have high centers of gravity, the Montero has a very weak roof. In rollover accidents, the roof can collapse, crushing the vehicle’s occupants. Montero drivers and passengers often experience head and neck injuries, broken bones, and even death as a result of rollover accidents.
Rollovers are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. Many rollovers occur when drivers overcorrect their steering as a panic reaction to an emergency—or even to a wheel going off the pavement’s edge. At highway speeds, overcorrecting or excessive steering can cause the driver to lose control, which can force the vehicle to slide sideways and roll over.
Rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads and highways—particularly undivided, two-way roads or divided roads with no barriers. When a vehicle goes off a rural road, the vehicle can overturn when it strikes a ditch or embankment, or is tripped by soft soil.
Nearly 75% of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas, so practice caution when driving on rural roads. Improperly inflated and worn tires can be especially dangerous because they inhibit your ability to maintain vehicle control, the most important factor in reducing the chance of rollover. Worn tires may cause the vehicle to slide sideways on wet or slippery pavement, sliding the vehicle off the road and increasing its risk of rolling over. Improper inflation can accelerate tire wear, and can even lead to tire failure.
A vehicle owner should consult his/her vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the maximum safe load for a vehicle, as well as proper load distribution. When using a roof rack, special attention should be given to the manufacturer’s instructions and weight limits. Any load placed on the roof will be above the vehicle’s center of gravity, and will increase the vehicle’s likelihood of rolling over.
Rollovers account for nearly 35% of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes.
Rollovers are complex crash incidents and are particularly violent in nature. Rollovers, more so than other types of crashes, reflect the interaction of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors. So while vehicle type does play a significant role, other factors such as driver behavior and road and environmental conditions can also cause a vehicle to roll over.
All types of vehicles can rollover. However, taller, narrower vehicles such as SUVs, pickups, and vans have higher centers of gravity, and thus are more susceptible to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) data also suggest that over 90% of the vehicles in fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes were involved in routine driving maneuvers (going straight or negotiating a curve) at the time of the crash. This further suggests that driver behavior (distraction, inattentiveness, speeding, and impaired driving) plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
NHTSA data show that nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatalities are the result of single-vehicle crashes. This means that the majority of rollover crashes and fatalities do not involve any other vehicle besides the one that rolled over, further suggesting that driver behavior plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
TRIPPED MITSUBISHI SUV AND VEHICLE ROLLOVERS
NHTSA data show that 95% of single-vehicle rollovers are tripped. This happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, digging its tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail. The high tripping force applied to the tires in these situations can cause the vehicle to roll over.