New technology, such as electronic stability control and rollover airbags, may help prevent rollover accidents or the serious injuries that can occur when a rollover happens.
However, rollover accidents still have a higher fatality rate than other types of car accidents. According to the United States Department of Transportation, approximately 35% of deaths in passenger vehicle accidents occur because of rollover accidents. Therefore, it is important to understand what causes rollover crashes, the different types of rollover accidents that can occur, and what to do if you’re hurt or a loved one is killed in this type of car accident.
Causes of Rollover Crashes
Many different factors can contribute to a rollover crash. If you are seeking to prevent such an accident or to determine why such an accident occurred, then it is important to consider…
- The type of vehicle. Any vehicle can be involved in a rollover. However, rollovers are more common in SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks because these vehicles have a high center of gravity.
- The speed of the vehicle. A driver exceeding the speed limit is a factor in about 40% of rollover accidents, and the majority of rollover crashes happen on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
- The type of road. Almost 75% of rollover crashes occur on rural roads that do not have barriers.
- The blood alcohol content of the driver. Alcohol is a factor in approximately half of rollover crashes. Alcohol may significantly impair a driver’s judgment and actions.
Other factors, such as weather and road conditions, may also contribute to rollover accidents.
Not All Rollovers Are the Same
Generally, rollover crashes are described as “tripped” or “un-tripped,” and are classified as follows:
- Tripped rollovers occur when a vehicle leaves the road and its tires hit soft soil or the vehicle itself hits an object, such as a guardrail. This causes a high tripping force that results in a rollover.
- Un-tripped rollovers are much less common than tripped rollovers and usually occur in top-heavy vehicles. The uneven weight of the vehicle results in a rollover when a driver makes certain turns or maneuvers.
Either type of rollover crash can result in significant injury or death.
Take Action After a Rollover Wreck
If you have been hurt or your loved one has been killed in any type of rollover wreck, then it is important to take action. You may have the right to recover damages. Please contact an experienced car accident lawyer any time via this website or by calling 888-450-4456 to learn more.