Every year, there are approximately 280,000 rollover vehicle accidents in the U.S. and approximately 10,000 of these accidents result in a fatality. Rollover accidents, those in which a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof, are some of the most deadly after head-on collisions.
Causes of rollover motor vehicle accidents
The following lists some of the most common causes of rollover accidents:
- Excessive speed when vehicles turn a corner or travel on a hard curve. Most passenger vehicles will slide or skid in a curve or hard turn if the vehicle is traveling at excessive speed. However, SUVS, vans, pickup trucks, buses and heavy trucks have more of a tendency to rollover over because of their height, higher ground clearance and because of they are more top heavy.
- Collision with another vehicle. Side impact car accidents are the most likely to cause a vehicle to rollover.
- Vehicles crossing a ditch or slope. Vehicles can roll especially if they are on a slope that is steeper than 33% grade.
- Driver over-correcting. If a driver veers out of their lane, they often over-correct – jerking the wheel back in the other direction too forcefully – causing it to flip.
Popular SUVs are more apt to rollover than other passenger cars. In one year – 2003 – Some of the vehicles with the worst rollover record are Ford Broncos II, Suzuki Samurai, Jeep CJ, Ford E-Series, Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero and Isuzu Trooper.
Vehicle manufacturers are working hard to improve vehicle designs to both decrease the likelihood of a rollover accident and to improve the roof structure of the vehicle to protect the occupants from being crushed in a rollover accident.
Seatbelts also play a crucial role in saving lives in rollover car accidents. Seatbelts prevent passengers from being ejected in a rollover accident.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.