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What Vehicle Has the Highest Fatality Rate in Rollover Crashes?

Rollover Crash Risks

While traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., rollover crashes significantly contribute to the number of deadly accidents that happen each year. Since rollover crashes are more likely to result in fatalities than non-rollover crashes, it’s critical to understand why. Here are some vehicle statistics you should know.

Vehicles More Likely to be Involved in a Rollover Crash

Vehicles that are tall and narrow are more susceptible to a rollover due to a higher center of gravity, which puts vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans at greater risk of a rollover crash.

According to the Nationals Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover crashes have particularly violent characteristics and can be described as the following two types:

Tripped Rollovers

Tripped rollovers occur when a vehicle slides off the road while tires dig into soft soil or strike an object like a guardrail or curb. The force of the “trip” on tires then causes the vehicle to roll over. The NHTSA also reports that 95% of single-vehicle rollovers are classified as tripped.

Untripped Rollovers

Untripped rollovers are not as common as tripped rollovers and typically occur in massive-weight vehicles, such as semi-trucks. An untripped rollover occurs when a driver maneuvers or swerves to avoid a collision. When a vehicle of such immense size makes sudden moves while traveling at incredible speeds, the momentum can cause the driver to quickly lose control and have a rollover crash.

How to Reduce The Risk of a Rollover Crash

While it may be impossible to prevent a rollover crash entirely, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. Here are some tips:

  • Drive defensively
  • Ensure your vehicle is up-to-date on safety inspections
  • Maintain your tires regularly
  • Don’t overload your vehicle
  • Refrain from speeding
  • Avoid distractions
  • Round corners carefully
  • Don’t drink and drive

Injured in a Rollover Crash? We Are Here For You

Being involved in a rollover crash can be a scary experience, and the injuries can be life-threatening and cause long-term medical complications. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a rollover accident, we can help you seek justice for your injuries caused by another’s negligence. Our Memphis Personal Injury Lawyers will work with you to ensure your rights are protected and just compensation is received.

Contact us today at (901) 466-2006 to schedule a consultation.
 

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