Rollover accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), they account for nearly half of all fatal car accidents involving SUVs and pickups. In fact, rollovers are so common that they happen every hour in America! That’s why it’s so important to understand what causes rollovers and how you can prevent them from happening to you or someone you love.
What is a rollover accident?
A rollover accident is a type of car accident that occurs when a vehicle rolls over on its side or roof. In most cases, these types of accidents are caused by loss of control of the vehicle and result in serious injury or death for those inside. Rollovers typically happen at high speeds and can occur on both rural roads as well as highways.
In addition to being more likely to occur when driving an SUV or pickup truck, rollovers are also more likely to happen on rural roads compared with urban ones because they tend not have guardrails alongside them–which may help prevent cars from rolling over if they lose control while driving at high speeds.
What causes rollovers?
Rollovers are caused by a variety of factors and can happen in a number of ways. Some common causes include:
- Spinning out of control
- Swerving to avoid an obstacle
- Driving too fast for the road conditions (e.g., ice, snow) or weather conditions (e.g., rain)
- Driving too fast for traffic conditions (e.g., heavy traffic)
It’s important to note that these factors are not mutually exclusive–you may experience more than one at once! For example, if you’re driving too fast while also trying to swerve out of the way of another car and then hit black ice on your way over an embankment…well…that would explain why so many rollover accidents happen in winter months!
Who is at risk of a rollover accident?
Rollover accidents are more common than you might think. In fact, rollover accidents account for about 20 percent of all car accidents and cause more than 10,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that older drivers are at higher risk for rollovers than younger ones because their reactions are slower and their reflexes not as quick. They also have reduced mobility due to arthritis or other conditions that affect balance and coordination, which makes it harder for them to keep control over their vehicles in difficult driving conditions such as wet roads or icy pavement.
Speed is another factor that increases your likelihood of being involved in a rollover accident; going faster increases centrifugal force on your body while cornering or turning sharply (and also makes you less likely see obstacles ahead). For example: if you’re going 60 miles per hour on an interstate highway but want to change lanes quickly because there’s an exit coming up soon (or someone else wants their turn), it may be tempting just jamming down on those brakes so everything slows down quickly enough–but doing so could cause dangerous skids across pavement with no traction left behind them!
How to prevent a rollover accident.
There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of a rollover accident:
- Use your seat belt. It’s true that seat belts don’t prevent all vehicle accidents, but they do help save lives when they do happen. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 90% of people who died in passenger cars during crashes were not wearing a seat belt at the time of impact. Click here for more information on how to correctly wear your seat belt and why it matters so much in terms of preventing injuries or death if you’re involved in an accident.
- Don’t drive when you’re tired or impaired by alcohol or drugs–and make sure other passengers follow this rule as well! If everyone stays alert while driving around town, everyone will be safer on their way home from work or school (or wherever else).
Rollover accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents and can be devastating.
Rollover accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents and can be devastating. They account for about 20 percent of all motor vehicle crashes, but cause almost half of all occupant fatalities. Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side and then slides along on its roof or sides until it stops. Rollovers are more likely to occur on rural roads than urban roads, at higher speeds (50 mph or more) than slower speeds (30 mph or less), in daylight conditions rather than darkness or inclement weather such as rain storms or snow storms–you get the idea!
The causes of rollovers vary depending on whether you’re talking about passenger vehicles like cars versus trucks/vans/SUVs; however, there are some commonalities between them all:
- An improperly loaded cargo area can lead to poor handling characteristics during cornering maneuvers due to weight transfer issues; this happens especially when passengers sit close together near the rear axle where their combined weight shifts forward causing rear wheel lift-off during hard acceleration maneuvers which may result in loss of control leading up until full overturning occurs at high speed while driving straight uphill without braking power applied
Rollover accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents and can be devastating. To avoid being involved in a rollover accident, it’s important to understand what causes them and how they can be prevented.