Sales of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have sky-rocketed in the United States, accounting for over 25 percent of all new-vehicle sales in 2004 and representing almost 14 percent of all registered vehicles in the nation, with more than 22 million on the road. Many buyers ironically cite safety issues for their decision, claiming that they feel more protected because they are larger, heavier and higher than cars. Unfortunately, when it comes to rollover accidents - the leading cause of death on America's highways - SUVs are among the riskiest vehicles driven today. New fatality statistics show that over 12,000 people died last year in rollovers, with SUVs averaging the highest rate at nearly 62 percent.
Americans penchant for large SUVs make the roads even more dangerous than they should be. These large vehicles with a narrow and unstable wheel base combined with a high center of gravity and poor safety design kill thousands of people each year because few understand how dangerous they are. Automakers do not go out of their way to improve their products or alert consumers to their dangers, and this combined with a false sense of security that larger vehicles are safer make them deadly killing machines.
Pedestrians share the roadways with motorists and have the right of way, but no person can stand up to a car that is barreling down on them. Physics will prevail, and pedestrian knockdowns are becoming more and more common now that the roads are more and more clogged. Many pedestrians knocked down by cars suffer extensive injuries such to their head, spine, bones, internal organs, and general health.
Being paralyzed is one of the worst possible outcomes that can come out of a car accident. Paralysis occurs when the vital nerves that control various body parts are damaged or severed. This usually happens when there is a traumatic impact to the neck or spinal cord. As a result, parts of a victim’s body will no longer retain the same mobility or sensation as they once had. Many times hands won’t be able to clinch; legs won’t be able to work and in severe cases entire portions of the body are left immobilized.
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