When a vehicle loses balance and rolls over, often several times, the occupants in the vehicle are at serious risk for injury and even death. Rollover accidents can be caused by several factors including: speed, vehicle design, weather conditions, collisions with other vehicles and even the roads the vehicle is driving on. The violent nature of these auto accidents can have life altering effects on the driver and passengers in the vehicle.
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Rollover Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study on all rollover accidents that happened in 2004. Their findings brought to light the causes, results and overall propensity for rollover accidents. Some of their findings included:
- 33% of occupant fatalities occurred in passenger vehicles that were involved in rollover accidents. Over 10,000 deaths in 2004 were in rollover accidents.
- 2.7% of occupants died in rollover crashes versus only 0.2% of occupants in vehicles that did not rollover.
- Light trucks and SUV’s were more likely to be in a rollover accident than other types of vehicles.
- Over 15,000 occupants were ejected from their vehicle and over 200,000 occupants had injuries from the rollover accident.
- The majority of rollovers happened when the vehicle was going straight with 56,124 rollovers. Negotiating curves was second with 30, 424 accidents.
Common Causes Of Rollovers
Any vehicle can rollover in the right circumstances. However, there are usually outside factors that come into play in most rollover accidents. When you combine one or more of these factors, it can spell disaster for the driver and their passengers.
- Speed. Higher speeds can have an impact on whether a vehicle rolls, especially if it is a taller vehicle, taking a curve or negotiating obstacles. It is estimated that 40% of fatal rollovers involve excessive speed.
- Vehicle design. As the NHTSA study confirmed, SUVs and light trucks that have a higher center of gravity are more likely to roll than passenger cars.
- Tire grip. Oddly, both too much or too little tire grip can lead to accidents. However, too much tire grip can actually lead to more rollover, according to consumerreports.com. Also, malformed or defective tires can also impact the propensity to cause a rollover, as the Firestone/Ford tragedic accidents have already proven.
- Trips. Most rollovers are triggered by some external factor, whether it is swerving to miss a pothole or hitting a soft shoulder on a rural road. These triggers are referred to as “trips”.
Other factors are known to contribute to serious injuries in rollover accidents, including the lack of restraints and roof crushing instances. The NHTSA estimates that a roof collapse during a rollover kills 600 people each year. New standards have been implemented for vehicles manufactured since 2012, but prior years standards were only based on vehicle roofs not collapsing when rolling over at a stand still.