2010 Mazda Tribute
The 2010 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV, meaning that it offers some of the advantages of a sport utility vehicle but remains smaller in size than full-size SUV models. The Tribute has an unfortunately elevated risk for rolling over in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rated the 4 x 4 edition as having a 20.4% risk, whereas the 4 x 2 edition has an even higher 23.7% risk of rollover.
Such a significant likelihood of a rollover indicates that there are problems inherent in the design of the vehicle. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a rollover accident while driving or traveling in a 2010 Mazda Tribute, it may be appropriate to seek financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact the SUV rollover lawyers of the Willis Law Firm at 800-883-9858 to learn more about your legal options.
Factors Which Make Rollovers Dangerous
Any car accident has the potential to cause severe injuries and extensive vehicle damage. But over the years there has been a dedicated effort by automakers to improve the safety of the vehicles that they make and sell. Unfortunately, these efforts have been directed toward the concerns associated with more common types of crashes and have neglected to account for the hazards of rollovers. As a result, the following factors make rollover accidents especially dangerous:
- The roof of a vehicle is likely to cave in due to inadequate reinforcement
- Restraint devices such as seatbelts and airbags are not designed to offer overhead protection
- Restraint devices may not be triggered because the sensors that detect a crash may be calibrated to measure changes in speed or forces on a part of the vehicle that is not immediately affected by the rollover
The costs associated with a rollover accident are likely to be significant and you should not have to bear them alone if your rollover resulted from flaws with the design of the Mazda Tribute. Let us help you to hold the manufacturer accountable. Contact the experienced SUV rollover attorneys of the Willis Law Firm by calling 800-883-9858.