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Rollover accidents: a review of SUV safety ratings

Every year, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS<), releases a new set of safety standard reviews of SUV rollover safety. The rollover safety rating of a vehicle is measured by two tests, first the likelihood of the car rolling over and second, the danger of the rollover itself. This post will address the second test, which is the one promulgated by IIHS.

IIHS tests vehicles by subjecting them to a series of rollover tests. The tests are designed to measure the integrity of the vehicle's roof. In a rollover accident, the roof is often the only thing that prevents the passengers from being crushed by the car. The stronger the roof, the longer it can hold up the full weight of the vehicle. The roof is critical because many fatalities are caused by the car collapsing onto and crushing the passengers.

The IIHS measures vehicles on three ratings: good, fair, and poor. A good rating means that the vehicle exceeds minimum federal safety guidelines, usually by at least 2x the required strength. A fair rating means that the SUV meets federal guidelines in an adequate manner but does not do anything more than the minimum safety features. Finally, a poor rating denotes a vehicle that usually meets the guidelines but not under every stress test.

Rollover accidents are caused by a variety of factors, from the integrity of the tries, the actions the driver took, and the engineered structure of the vehicle itself. Unfortunately, regardless of the cause, rollover accidents typically result in severe injuries. These injuries often exceed the policy limits provided by most insurance policies, therefore, you may want to seek the services of a lawyer. An attorney can help you pursue additional avenues for compensation to cover your and your family's medical expenses.

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