If you were in a rollover crash, one of your most pressing concerns is likely how to prevent another rollover from affecting you ever again. You may be interested to know what has to happen for a rollover to occur, so you can better prepare your vehicle and yourself if you’re driving in the future.
Rollover crashes are caused by a few factors. They typically include the type of vehicle, location and speed involved. Your own behaviors may play a role in the crash, but it’s most likely that these three factors will cause the highest risk of a rollover.
1. Vehicle type
It’s well-known that vehicles with a higher profile are more likely to roll over, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). These vehicles are “top heavy” and have high centers of gravity, making them more likely to roll. This includes vehicles such as SUVs and vans.
Where you are matters just as much as what you drive. Rural roads usually do not have barriers or dividers, so they’re more likely to have rollover crashes.
It’s worth noting that speed plays a role in crashes with rollovers. In rural areas, the speed limit is usually 55 mph or greater. As speed increases, the likelihood of a rollover collision increases as well. Around three out of four crashes involving a rollover happen at speeds of 55 mph or higher.
These three factors are something to keep in mind, especially if you drive a higher-profile vehicle. You have a right to seek compensation if another driver caused you harm because of his or her recklessness or carelessness. An attorney can help you understand your legal options if you are injured in a rollover accident.