A rollover accident is one of the worst and often most dangerous types of accidents that can occur on the road. When rollovers occur they are often classified by emergency responders and towing services as either a tripped or untripped rollover accident. Most rollover accidents are tripped accidents. To better understand the difference between the two types of rollover accidents, how to prevent them from happening, and how rollover vehicles are recovered, Citywide Towing Service will share some information.
What is a Tripped Rollover Accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 95% of single-vehicle rollover accidents are “tripped.” A tripped rollover accident is when some external force has caused the vehicle to flip onto its side or upside down. One example of a tripped rollover accident is when the vehicle has hit a guardrail causing the vehicle to lose control. Another example is when the vehicle’s tires suddenly dig into some soft soil and rolls. Of course when more than one vehicle collides into each other can also cause such an accident. Whatever caused the vehicle to lose control usually requires a bit of momentum, which flips the vehicle.
What is an Untripped Rollover Accident?
An untripped rollover accident is when an interaction of the vehicle’s own movement becomes out of control due to the simple force of gravity. An example of an untripped rollover accident is when a top heavy vehicle takes a turn too fast and rolls over. The vehicle’s weight, speed, momentum and gravity is enough to cause a vehicle to rollover. However, an untripped rollover accident is most common in vehicles that are top heavy. These types of vehicles are trucks, SUVs, and vans. Untripped rollover accidents only make up 5% of all rollover accidents and as the result of reckless driving.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollovers are most often the result of drunk, reckless, or distracted driving. When you are on the road it is important to drive safely, remain sober and you, as the driver, must pay attention. Avoid drinking and driving, talking on the phone or driving recklessly. Not only can you get hurt, but other people can become a victim of poor drivers as well. Most rollover accidents occur on a road that has a 55 mph speed limit or higher. When driving on faster roads you will want to be at your most cautious.
How Do You Recover a Vehicle After a Rollover Accident?
Vehicles can be recovered after a rollover accident. However, they are usually no longer operational. As a result, a tow truck is called out. They use winches and pullet to return the vehicle to its proper position and load them onto the tow truck. When a vehicle has been towed they are often taken to a compound where the vehicle will sit. The owner can get personal belongings out of the vehicle at a later time. If the vehicle has been labeled totaled, the vehicle may be stripped down for parts or sent to an auto wrecker facility.
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Vehicles can be recovered from a rollover accident with winch out and towing services. If you need fast and reliable towing and or roadside assistance services, contact Citywide Towing Services. We provide 24 hour service seven days a week!