Although rollovers are fairly rare, when they do occur they have the potential to be deadly. Rollovers occur in only 3% of all crashes, but they account for more than a third of passenger vehicle accident deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute.
Research has shown that rollover accidents are directly related to the vehicle’s stability, especially when executing turns. Although rollover accidents can happen to anyone, under certain circumstances, some vehicles have higher rollover rates than others. Compact cars like sedans which sit low to the ground typically have more stability, while larger cars like SUV’s and trucks ride higher from the ground and have a higher center of gravity. As an SUV’s center of gravity is higher, they’re more unbalanced and therefore more likely to rollover in an accident. Cars that have this high risk of rolling over tend to cost a little more to insure. This is because insurance companies predict to get more claims on these kinds of cars, since they’re more likely to be involved in accidents. For more information, contact your local car accident lawyer.
Rollover accidents are usually caused when a driver loses control of the vehicle and it begins to skid sideways. At this pivotal point, if the car comes into contact with another factor such as uneven roadways, guardrails or road debris, the rollover is likely to happen. However, technological advances over the years have made SUV’s more safe and less likely to rollover. Car manufacturers now focus efforts on making more stable cars and SUV’s. Effectiveness is measured by a few factors such as the statistic stability factor, which is measured by dividing half the space between right and left tires by the height of its center of gravity. This statistic ultimately measures the vehicle’s ability to resist rollover.
Advances in safety like electronic stability control, or ESC, are substantially decreasing fatal rollover accidents. ESC is an engine control system made up of sensors, brakes and microcomputer which monitors the driver’s patterns and how well the car responds to these. When these sensors detect an abnormality, they will apply additional break pressure as needed to correct it and can ultimately help save drivers from crashes.
Although many rollovers are the result of single car accidents, when another party is negligent and at fault for the accident, the injured party is definitely entitled to damages, according to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.