What Causes Rollover Vehicle Accidents?
Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 8:26 am
One of the less common, but more fatal, types of accidents involving cars, trucks, and SUVs is a rollover accident. This type of accident can happen in a single-car accident or a multi-vehicle crash and has a higher fatality rate than almost any other type of vehicle accident. What causes a rollover accident? At the law office of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. our team is here to help you understand what factors can contribute to a rollover crash and provide you with zealous legal representation if you or a loved one has been hurt in this type of accident. Call (770) 205-8827 or contact our office online today to schedule a free case evaluation.
The make and model of the vehicle can significantly increase or decrease the chances of a rollover accident. Typically, SUVs and trucks have a higher likelihood than cars of being involved in a rollover accident, and vehicles generally with a higher center of gravity are more likely to rollover than cars with a lower center of gravity. In other words, the taller the car, the more likely a rollover accident might occur.
Driver behavior is a significant cause of rollover accidents. Engaging in negligent or reckless behaviors while behind the wheel like speeding, distracted driving, and inattentiveness all lead to rollover accidents. Speeding alone is cited as a factor in over 40% of all rollover crashes every year, and three-quarters of rollover accidents happen in places where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher.
Alcohol consumption is a leading cause of rollover accidents. Nearly half of all rollover crashes in cars, trucks, and SUVs involve alcohol. Driver impairment leads to decreased muscle coordination, impaired judgment, and decreased vision, which can all lead to a higher likelihood of rollover crashes.
Where you are driving can also contribute to the chances of being involved in a rollover crash. A rollover is more likely to happen on a rural road than in an urban area. Rural roads tend to be undivided roads, without barriers, and not well lit. Almost three-quarters of all fatal rollover accidents happen in rural areas.
Finally, improper loading of a vehicle is a common cause of rollover accidents. This applies to larger commercial trucks as well as passenger vehicles. If people or cargo is loaded improperly, where the weight of the vehicle favors one side or is loaded too high, it can increase the chances of the vehicle being off balance and rolling over in a crash. The weight in a vehicle should always be as evenly distributed as possible and packed as low to the ground as possible to mitigate the chances of a rollover crash.
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If you would like to speak with an experienced car and truck accident attorney about your rollover case, call (770) 205-8827 to contact Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. in Atlanta today to schedule a free consultation of your case.