You might believe that an SUV is safer because of the size of vehicle. As a result, you might expect it to absorb more of the force of the impact. However, an SUV is more likely to roll over. If your vehicle is damaged because a nearby SUV rolled over and hit it, you will need to determine what happened and whether the other driver was negligent.
Why SUVs Are More Prone to Rollover Accidents
An SUV rollover accident is more likely to occur because they are more top-heavy. The weight of the top of the vehicle causes leverage that increases the odds that the SUV will roll over. When a driver is not following the speed limit and does not slow down when making a turn, this will increase the risk that the SUV will rollover.
Because SUV rollovers are often the result of negligence on the part of the driver operating the SUV, you will need to gather evidence to prove that the driver was negligent so you can then seek compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of the accident.
After the accident, you will want to locate any witnesses to the accident and exchange contact information with them. The witnesses may be able to testify to your version of the events and describe how the other driver was speeding.
However, if there were no witnesses other than you and the driver, you might still be able to prove that the other driver was driving unsafely with the evidence found at the scene of the accident.
The Role of Expert Witnesses
When you contact a car accident attorney who will help you with your case, the attorney will often work for a law firm that will also employ expert witnesses. Even if the lawyer doesn't work for a law firm, they will be able to hire an expert witness to assist in your case.
One type of expert witness is an accident reconstructionist. This type of professional can use sophisticated technology to determine exactly how the accident occurred based on the evidence found at the scene of the crash. For example, the accident reconstructionist can measure how far the debris was thrown from the scene of the accident and can then use this to determine whether the SUV was speeding. With this evidence, you will be able to pursue a settlement out of court.
For more information, contact a car accident lawyer in your area.