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Was Speed the Reason for the Rollover Accident?
All car accidents come with a certain level of fear. However, many admit that involvement in a rollover accident is among the most frightening experiences. Although speed can be a contributory feature, there are other reasons that cause motor vehicles to flip over and land in precarious positions.
Some Vehicles are at a Greater Risk for Flipping Over
Admit it. You have passed overturned vehicles and wondered about the circumstances of the accident. Nearly everyone is secretly confident that they will never be involved in a rollover accident. How does this happen?
Speed is a factor. However, this does not mean that every vehicle that overturns was hustling down the highway. Do certain vehicles have more of a propensity for flipping over than others? The answer is yes, and no. All motor vehicles can overturn, although some are more inclined to do so. For example, sports cars seem to have a high percentage of rollover accidents. The same is true for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and fifteen passenger vans. You can read more about the best vehicles with enhancements designed to target the threat of flipping over.
The Statistics Involving Rollovers
According to reports form the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents account for a third of all fatal accidents. Obviously, that is an alarming statistic. The incidents are generally of two natures: either the vehicle is tripped or un-tripped. Ninety-five percent of single vehicle accidents are tripped. What does this mean exactly?
Tripped v. Un-tripped Rollover Accidents
Safecar.gov provides an excellent resource for understanding the difference between tripped and un-tripped rollover accident. A tripped accident generally involves one of the following:
- Vehicle slips in a sideward direction and digs its tires into soft soil
- Contact is made with a curb
- Vehicle is thrown toward a guardrail
- Force of the accident propels the vehicle down a steep slope
For the most part, un-tripped rollover accidents occur when the vehicle is top heavy. These types of crashes are less frequent. Generally, the driver may be traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to avoid a car crash.
Circumstances Contributing to Flipped Over Vehicles
The control the driver has over his or her vehicle definitely contributes to the risk that a vehicle will flip over. Statistically, young men are the most likely to be involved in this type of accidents. Some other pertinent factors include:
- Rate of Speed
- Road conditions
- Driver’s status (unfortunately, DWI is sometimes an issue for this type of incident)
- Location of the accident (more rollovers occur on rural roads)
- Type of vehicle