Avoiding a Rollover Crash

There are numerous types of automobile accidents – from rear-end collisions to side-impact crashes. One of the most dangerous types of vehicle incidents that one could be involved in is that of a rollover.

Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips or rolls in a particularly violent nature. Compared to other types of crashes, rollovers can have a higher number of potential causes.

First, the type of vehicle is an important contributor to rollovers – while any automobile has the potential of rolling over, taller and narrower vehicles such as pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans with high centers of gravity have a higher risk of rolling over than smaller vehicles.

Roadway conditions can be a contributor to vehicle rollover – wet or icy roads can lead to a driver losing control of their vehicle in a rollover. Also, debris in interstates or other lanes of travel can lead to rollover incidents when drivers swerve suddenly to miss an obstacle.

The most common cause of rollover accidents is driver behavior – according to the NHTSA, 90% of single-automobile rollover incidents involved routine maneuvering, so some other driver interaction must have caused the crash. These driver behaviors might include speeding, intoxication, or distraction while behind the wheel. Our ability to safely maneuver automobiles decreases significantly when partaking in any of those dangerous activities while driving.

Earlier this month, a Cobb County rollover crash resulted in one death and multiple injuries. The vehicle involved was an SUV and witnesses believe the driver was attempting to avoid something in the roadway while traveling on Delk Road. So these rollover crashes really can hit close to home.

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