A vehicle rollover accident can have devastating consequences. Along with significant damage to your vehicle, you may also experience severe injuries that have a lasting effect on your life. In some cases, a rollover accident may even lead to loss of life.
While not all accidents can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing one. Understanding the common causes of rollover accidents is the first step to preserving your safety and well-being on the road.
Type of vehicle
Motorists should understand that rollover accidents can affect any type of vehicle depending on other conditions present. However, some vehicles are more susceptible to these accidents than others. This includes SUVs and trucks, which generally have body styles that are taller and thinner than other types of vehicles.
Of the rollover accidents investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 90% occur during what is described as “routine driving”. Navigating a turn or even just driving straight down a road would fall into this category. Accordingly, many rollovers involve distracted driving behaviors or impairment via alcohol or other substances.
Rate of speed
Along with distractions and inebriated driving, the rate of speed also plays a role in these types of accidents. In fact, high rates of speed are cited in 40% of fatal rollover accidents. This usually involves a driver operating their vehicle at a speed of 55 mph or greater.
Additionally, a fatal rollover is more likely to occur on a rural road where the driver is traveling at high speeds This because many rural roads are without guide rails that could potentially prevent rollovers from happening. Conditions on rural roads may also be more hazardous, which increases the risk of an accident in general.