Rollover crashes often cause serious, sometimes fatal, injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, single vehicle rollover accidents made up 30% of fatal crashes in 2013.
Although people often assume a rollover accident to be the fault of the person driving the car that flipped, that’s not always the case. There are several factors that may cause a vehicle to become unstable and rollover.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
- Hitting another object, such as a curb, guardrail, tree, or other vehicle
- Sliding off the road onto soft soil or a steep slope then quickly overcorrecting to get back into your lane of travel
- Swerving to avoid something in the road such as an animal or other vehicle
- Loads shifting in the back of a light truck or SUV
- Tire or brake failure
- Vehicle or manufacturer defects
- Poorly designed roads or road defects, such as uneven pavement
- Poorly marked construction areas
Safety Features to Help Avoid Rollover Accidents and Injury
- Wear a seatbelt – it prevents you from being ejected out of the vehicle
- Electronic stability control systems – it applies the brakes on one or more wheels in order to avoid loss of vehicle control – The NHTSA estimates that stability control systems will prevent 9,600 deaths and 238,000 injuries annually
- Anti-lock braking system – it helps prevent uncontrolled skidding, which can result in a vehicle rolling over
The vehicles most likely to rollover are SUVs and light trucks. They have a high center of gravity, which makes them more susceptible to rollover crashes. Together, they made up 74% of the single vehicle rollover fatalities in 2013. Even with this knowledge, very few pickup trucks offer stability control systems on their vehicles.
If you were injured as a passenger in a rollover accident, then you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a rollover crash due to another driver’s negligence or because of a manufacturer or road defect, then you should not have to bear the burden of your injuries. Call our experienced accident lawyer today to begin your road to recovery. 478-238-9758