Although uncommon, rollover accidents are some of the most severe vehicular accidents that we see on the road. They are only second in severity to head-on collisions, and they are especially violent in nature.
There are more than 280,000 reported rollover accidents each year, claiming more than 10,000 lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Knowing what causes these sorts of accidents could help drivers take precautions to try and prevent them in the future.
Given the right circumstances, any car can roll over. Rollovers are often a direct result of a vehicle’s lack of stability in turns. However, There are some cars that are known for resulting in higher amounts of rollovers when an accident occurs. Taller, more narrow vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans are more susceptible to these sort of accidents.
These types of car accidents are more speed related than other accidents as well. About 40 percent of rollovers were directly caused by excessive speeding. This can happen, for example, when a vehicle makes a sharp turn and the center of gravity is forced to one side, causing the vehicle to tip over as it continues to move.
Nearly half of all rollover crashes involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. Impairment from any amount of alcohol can cause a driver’s motor skills to be negatively affected as well as vision, reaction time, and judgment. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you’re not impaired when operating a motor vehicle.
There are some locations which show trends of being more likely to be areas where rollover accidents occur. Rural accidents are typically undivided and have no barriers. The speed limit is also usually 55 mph or higher.
When driving in rural areas with fewer cars around, drivers tend to speed because they don’t fear a collision with another car. However, almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers happened in rural areas, showing that drivers need to be especially careful when in these parts.
Who Is at Fault
Many rollovers are single-vehicular accidents, which means that they only involve one vehicle, the one that rolled over. At this point, it’s usually the fault of the driver, unless it can be proven that the vehicle’s lack of stability and safety made a direct impact on the instance of the rollover accident.
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