One of the most dangerous types of car accidents is one that involves a rollover. Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips or rolls, which often results in serious injury. Because rollovers tend to result in serious injury, it is important for all drivers to understand how rollover accidents happen, as well as understand a few tips that can help avoid them.
Rollovers are more common in tall, narrow vehicles, such as pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. This is because these vehicles have a high center of gravity. Smaller vehicles have a lower center of gravity, and therefore are less prone to roll. Think about the design of a race car, or an exotic sports car: because these vehicles are low to the ground, they rarely roll. On the other hand, imagine a tall truck taking a sharp turn at a fast speed: the center of gravity is higher, and therefore the truck is more likely to roll.
The condition of the road can also contribute to the potential of a rollover accident. Roads that are wet or icy are unpredictable. If there are sharp turns or blind corners on the road, these also create a potentially dangerous situation. Common debris, such as blown out tires and trash, can cause rollovers if left in the roadway. When drivers see a large piece of debris, they often swerve abruptly, which is dangerous if the vehicle is moving at a high speed.
GOOD DRIVING MATTERS
Good driving can help prevent rollover accidents. According to the NHTSA, 90% of single-automobile rollover accidents result after routine maneuvering. Thus, some other driver behavior contributes to the crash. This may include excessive speed, drunk driving, and distracted driving. Otherwise safe and common maneuvers can become dangerous and result in a rollover when coupled with inattentive or dangerous driving.
You can start by being aware of the propensities the vehicle you're driving may have. If you're driving an SUV or a long, tall vehicle, be aware that your vehicle is prone to rolling. Use caution when driving at high speeds, and never make abrupt, sharp turns. Be attentive to debris in the road by occasionally looking into the distance while driving. When there's moisture on the road, remember that your vehicle will respond differently, and that road conditions can contribute to rollovers.
INJURED IN A ROLLOVER?
If you were involved in a rollover crash that was not your fault, we may be able to help. The personal injury attorneys at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. have helped many families recover from injuries incurred from a rollover accident. If you're unsure if you need an attorney to help you with your injury claim, contact The Lions today for a free, no-risk case evaluation.