Did you know that every year about 280,000 rollover accidents happen in the United States and more than 10,000 lives are lost because of it.
In California alone, almost 400 deaths are attributed to rollover accidents and that is more than 10 percent of all the fatal vehicle accidents in the state.
This shows that single rollover accidents in Los Angeles and the rest of the country are far more frequent than it seems.
The vehicles that are most at risk to single rollover accidents include:
- Sports utility vehicles
- Pick-up trucks
- 15-passenger vans
You might find it hard to believe that these vehicles are the most susceptible to single rollover crashes because of their image of strength.
However, the risk of rollover is not about strength but is due to other factors such as:
- High Center of Gravity
If you noticed, most of these vehicles' bodies are elevated above the wheels which make their center of gravity higher than other cars like sedans and compact cars.
This is usually done to accommodate the four wheel drive of the vehicle.
However, raising the center of gravity of the vehicle makes it easier to tip over.
- Narrow width
Another factor that makes these vehicles susceptible to rollover is the narrow width between the left and right tires.
While the high center of gravity makes it easier to tip over, the narrow width between the tires causes the vehicle to provide less resistance to the force that is tipping the vehicle over.
The vehicle's high center of gravity and narrow tire width are not enough to cause a single rollover accident.
For a vehicle to rollover, there has to be a trigger and usually it is related to the conditions or the design of the road.
The most common road designs and conditions that cause rollover crashes include:
- Sharp curves and turns
- Slippery road
- Sharp road debris like nails that could puncture tires
- Road defects like potholes
Another common trigger for rollover accidents, especially for 15-passenger vans, is underinflated tires that could blow up while on the road.
Couple it with high speed and you have a nasty rollover crash waiting to happen.
Here are some tips that you can follow to avoid rollover accidents:
- Do not speed â High speed is almost always a major factor on all types of vehicle accident and that includes rollover crashes.
- Wear safety belt â This prevents the topmost cause of rollover crash deaths, which is vehicle ejection.
- Check your car regularly â Check your brakes, oil, and tires to make sure that they are working properly. Proper maintenance is a big key in preventing most vehicle accidents.
If you have been injured in a rollover crash, consult a Los Angeles car accident expert, personal injury lawyer to know your legal options. Check the profile of an expert personal injury attorney at LinkedIn.