In life there are risks to literally everything single thing that you do. You can hardly turn on the news or go on social media without hearing or seeing something new about things that are harmful to you. Each person needs to evaluate the risks and advantages of things as they decide how they want to live their life. Driving is one thing that you will likely think about. Driving a vehicle has some definite risks but also some awesome advantages. Not having to walk everywhere you go is clearly a huge advantage of driving, especially when you live in a large city like Dallas! One of the risks of driving is getting in an accident. Rollover accidents can be especially scary.
Rollover Accident Statistics
Rollover accidents are frequently complex in nature. The damage that can be done to the vehicle and the passengers can be significant in rollover accidents. There as many factors that play into what causes a rollover accident.
Car Rollover Physics – Many people have heard that SUVs are most likely to be involved in rollover accidents than other types of vehicles. Is it really true? SUVs, trucks, and vans all have higher centers of gravity than cars. This higher center of gravity does make them more likely to rollover in a single vehicle crash than other vehicles. In multi-car accidents this statement does not hold up though. If more than one vehicle is involved in the crash SUVs are not as likely to rollover. The reality is that all types of vehicles can rollover. Most rollover accidents are more of a reflection of the driver, road, vehicle, and environmental factors combined than simply what kind of vehicle you are driving.
Speeding – Speed is one of the most common factors in fatal rollover crashes. Statistics show that 40% of fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speeding. Nearly 75% of fatal rollovers take place when the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher.
Drinking & Driving – Another common denominator in fatal rollover crashes is alcohol consumption. For years people have been told that drinking can impair your judgement, muscular coordination and vision. When you are driving a vehicle you need all three of those things working properly to be safe on the road. You are more likely to lose control of your vehicle and cause a rollover accident if you are driving under the influence.
Location – Where you are driving can also factor into rollover accidents. Rollover accidents occur more often in rural areas where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher. Many times the roads are not divided in rural areas so it is easy to swerve into oncoming traffic and cause a rollover accident trying to get safely back into your lane.
Driver Behavior – Data shows that 85% of rollover related fatalities are the result of a single-vehicle crash. This shows that the driver behavior is the most common cause of rollover crashes. Most of the time that driver simply gets distracted while driving and then end up rolling their car trying to correct their driving. The best thing that you can do to avoid a rollover is be attentive each and every time that you are driving.
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Hopefully being more educated about what causes rollover accidents can help prevent you from being in one yourself. If you find yourself in a rollover accident you will definitely need your car towed. Give Citywide Towing a call and we can come out and help take care of your vehicle.