According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one third of all passenger car fatalities occur during rollover crashes. Rollover accidents kill 10,000 people each year, especially in instances when passengers are not wearing seatbelts.
Why do vehicles roll over?
A variety of factors can affect the stability of a vehicle and cause it to roll over and crash. Common reasons for rollovers include:
- Height of the vehicle
- Width of the vehicle
- Width between tires
- Type of suspension system
- Type of tires
- Number and distribution of passengers
- Engine location
Tall, narrow vehicles are more likely to roll over than shorter, wider vehicles. Extra passengers can make a small car that is low to the ground more stable, but in vehicles with higher ground clearance, several passengers can make the vehicle less stable.
How to prevent rollover accidents
Though many accidents are unavoidable, you can reduce your vehicle’s chances of rolling over by observing proper safety guidelines.
- Observe speed limits. Excessive speeding is a factor in 40 percent of rollover crashes resulting in fatality.
- Wear seat belts. 75% of all vehicle occupants killed in rollover accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
- Don’t drink and drive. Almost half of all deadly rollover accidents involve a driver under the influence of alcohol.
- Avoid distractions. The NHTSA states that the majority of rollover crashes involved only single vehicles, with drivers performing routine driving techniques, such as driving in a straight line or going around a curve. This indicates that the behavior of the driver is an important factor in rollover crashes.
Rollover accidents can be caused by poor vehicle design, road hazards, reckless driving, and collisions with negligent drivers. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a rollover accident, contact the Stevens Point rollover accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.