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Why do rollover accidents happen?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you drive a large vehicle, such as a pickup truck or SUV, you have probably seen the rollover warning on your driver’s side visor. This warning is common in these vehicles, as they have a greater chance of flipping on their sides or roofs during accidents.

Sadly, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rollover accidents killed more than 7,000 individuals in 2020 alone. To stay safe, it is important to understand why these accidents usually happen.

High-profile vehicles

Generally, the taller a vehicle is, the greater chance it has to tip. When you are driving, it is important to comply with posted speed limits on curves. After all, when high-profile vehicles roll, they are often on curved highways or exit ramps.

Nevertheless, it is possible for high-profile vehicles to tip over when they are on straightaways. This often happens during inclement weather, as these vehicles may perform unpredictably on slick or wet roadways.

Motor vehicle collisions

Statistics from the IIHS show that only about 24% of vehicle rollovers in 2020 happened on their own. That is, these accidents only involved one vehicle. Alarmingly, 76% of rollover crashes that year occurred after the vehicle collided with something else.

If another vehicle runs into one of your vehicle’s rear side panels, your car, truck or SUV may flip or roll over. The same is true if you collide with a guardrail, embankment or something else on or near the road.

Ultimately, if someone you love dies or suffers catastrophic injuries in a rollover crash that another driver causes, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation.