Rollover accidents are some of the most devastating and dangerous incidents on the road. They are responsible for about 30% of all crash-related fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles.
What causes these deadly accidents? Learning more can help you better understand the dangers and make it easier to avoid them. Here are the main causes.
1. Vehicle type
The type of vehicle you drive plays a significant role in the likelihood of experiencing a rollover accident. Tall, narrow vehicles – like SUVs, trucks and vans – are more susceptible to rollovers than lower, wider cars. The high center of gravity in tall vehicles makes them less stable, especially when taking corners at high speeds or when swerving to change lanes.
2. Excessive speed
Speeding is a common factor in many rollover accidents. When a vehicle is moving fast, it becomes harder to control. During sudden maneuvers or while negotiating sharp turns, centrifugal forces can make it impossible to avoid tipping over.
3. Impaired driving
Impaired driving – whether that’s due to alcohol, drugs or fatigue – significantly contributes to rollover accidents. Impaired drivers have slower reaction times and poor judgment, which makes it more likely that they will lose control of their vehicles.
Overloading a delivery truck or a semi can shift its center of gravity and leave it prone to tipping over. Drivers who don’t make sure their vehicles are kept within their weight limits and with balanced weight distribution to prevent rollovers.
5. Poor maintenance
Proper tire maintenance can reduce a vehicle’s stability and increase the likelihood of a rollover. This includes things like under-inflated or worn-out tires.
Rollover accidents can easily lead to permanent injuries or death. If you’ve been injured or a loved one was killed because a driver’s negligent behavior caused their vehicle to tip over, legal guidance can help you obtain compensation for your losses.