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New Jersey Electronic Stability Control Lawyers

Top heavy SUVs, minivans, and trucks are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents. For this reason, newer models of these vehicles are equipped with electronic stability control (ESC). ESC is designed to instantly shift breaking to individual wheels to prevent a vehicle from skidding or rolling over. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this feature has reduced single-vehicle SUV accidents by nearly 60 percent.

Most rollovers, almost 85%, are single vehicle accidents. Nearly all single vehicle accidents happen when the driver loses control of the vehicle, often when performing evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting and animal, when negotiating curves in the road, or in icy conditions. The most common cause of single vehicle rollovers is known as “tripping”. It happens when one of your tires strikes an object, such as a curb or soft shoulder, tripping the vehicle. Because of their high center of gravity, SUVs are more prone to tripping. ESC cannot stop a rollover once a vehicle has tripped, but it can prevent the vehicle from sliding or spinning into a tripping object. Sensors detect the movement of the vehicle and tires and the road conditions. When ESC detects that the vehicle is going out of control, it reduces engine power. It selectively applies the brakes to individual wheels, and sometimes uses acceleration, to get the vehicle back in line and under control.

ESC does all of this on its own. It is not activated or controlled by the driver. In most cases the devices reduce the likelihood of a rollover. They are not, however, a substitute for good driving. When they fail or malfunction, they leave you unprotected.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV rollover accident due to lack of ESC or ESC malfunction, Contact an attorney at law office of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for a free no obligation consultation. You can simply contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.