Rollover accidents are accidents in which the vehicle either turns on its roof or side. According to some statistics, rollover accidents make up 35 percent of all car accident fatalities.
Higher vehicles are more likely to roll over than other vehicles. Statistics show that rollover accidents are common among trucks and SUVs, which have a higher center of gravity than many other types of passenger vehicles. Experts have recommended that SUV manufacturers lower the center of gravity of their vehicles as well as widen the wheel track. In some instances, weak roofs and support structures fail in rollover crashes. Excessive roof crush may cause the direct impact of occupants’ heads with the roof, which could result in traumatic brain injury, spinal fractures, quadriplegia or death.
If you are concerned about having a rollover accident, there are some precautions you can take. First, consider choosing a vehicle that is less likely to roll over. Make sure your vehicle has electronic stability control. Electronic stability control uses a computer to help a driver maintain control in dangerous situations when it could leave the road. By 2012, federal regulations will require all new cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs to be equipped with electronic stability control. In addition, some vehicles come equipped with rollover air bags, which can protect riders during a rollover crash.
There are also other choices you can make to avoid rollover crashes. Don’t speed – many rollover crashes involve excessive speed. Use care while making tight or off-camber turns. Be cautious while driving on rural roads, which are where almost three-quarters of rollover crashes occur. Maintain your tires – improperly inflated tires can be dangerous because they affect the ability to keep control of the vehicle. Be sure to load your vehicle properly. A load placed on a roof will raise your vehicle’s center of gravity and increase it’s chances of rolling over. Finally, of course, always wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts can help to reduce the chance of serious injury in most accidents, particularly in rollovers.
Have you been involved in a rollover accident? Was that accident due to the fault of another driver or the vehicle’s manufacturer? If so, you may have a legal case against the responsible party. Contact Orange county rollover accident attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 to learn more about your legal options.