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Sports Utility Vehicles - Are they really worth it There has been an increase in the trendiness and consumer popularity of the Sport Utility Vehicle SUV in the last few years but there is no doubt in my mind that these vehicles are a danger on and off road Not only are these vehicles beginning to overpower and outnumber cars on roadways and highways they are beginning to outnumber them in accidents and ditches as well Chrysler Ford Dodge even Toyota and Honda are beginning to gear their manufacturers and designers into new and popular lines of SUVs If you are in front of one of these huge and awkward looking beasts in one of todays compact cars their looming and powerful threat can seem unnerving - why dont they just pass by already - if you are behind one of them good luck in seeing anything in front of around you What happened to the good old trusty family station wagon In August of 1989 Elizabeth Livingston drove her Isuzu Trooper II a sports utility vehicle off a road near Bozeman Montana She attempted to drive back onto the roadway but unfortunately her SUV rolled and she was thrown from the sport utility vehicle suffering a fracture that rendered her paraplegic Elizabeth Livingston filed a liability suit against Isuzu and after the eight-day trial a jury awarded a 21 million dollar settlement During the trial a variety of evidence was used to prove the likelihood of SUVs to roll over - videotapes depicting rollovers of other similar SUVs to computer-generated simulations of the actual accident to manufacturers advertisements demonstrating the manufacturers foreseability of the use of SUVs Builders Be Upright and Fix SUV Rollovers One thought that is constantly coming to my mind is that even though the National Highway Safety and Traffic Association has stated that SUVs roll twice as often as do cars Poseur Sport Utility Page some manufacturers of SUVs are
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