What is a Rollover Crash?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the characteristic of a rollover crash involves one that is tipped onto its side or roof as a result of a crash. Rollover crashes are some of the most deadly types of accidents on the road. They account for nearly 10,000 fatalities each year in the United States alone. There are several reasons why these accidents are so dangerous. Read on to learn why.
Why Rollover Crashes Result in More Crash Deaths
In 2020, rollover crashes accounted for 30% of all vehicle occupant deaths. The reasons why deaths are so prevalent are due to these three factors:
- When a vehicle rolls over, it can crush the occupants inside. This is because the vehicle’s structure acts as a box, closing in on the occupants. The higher the vehicle’s mass, combined with high speed and momentum, sadly, the deadlier this effect will be.
- In rollover crashes, vehicles often end up on their side or roof. This leaves the occupants exposed to things like flying debris and other vehicles, resulting in serious injuries or death.
- Airbags in rollover crashes may not deploy due to the point of impact being on the vehicle’s side or roof. As a result, the occupants can be subjected to significant forces that they cannot withstand.
Contributing Factors to Why Rollover Crashes Occur
Many factors contribute to the increased risk associated with rollover accidents. Some of these include the following driving behaviors:
- Speeding increases the momentum and mass of the vehicle, making it more likely to roll over when involved in a collision.
- Drunk driving impairs the driver’s ability to control the vehicle and increases the likelihood of a rollover.
- Distracted driving takes the driver’s attention away from the road and increases the chances of an accident.
- Improperly maintained vehicles can make it more likely for a tire to blow out or a suspension to fail during a collision.
Improperly secured cargo can also be a contributing factor as it shifts in the vehicle causing an imbalance and uneven distribution of weight. When the weight is unevenly distributed in a vehicle, it can tip to its side or roll over.
Are Certain Vehicles More Likely to Be Involved in a Rollover Crash?
In short, the answer to the above question is yes. Vehicles that are narrowly designed and taller pose the greatest risk of a rollover crash. The following vehicles have a higher center of gravity and are commonly known to have rollover crash tendencies:
- Sport utility vehicles (SUVs)
- Large pickup trucks
When You Need Help After a Truck Accident
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