How Do Rollover Accidents Occur?
Rollover vehicle accidents are one of the most serious risks facing motorists on the roads today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that more than 10,000 people are killed every year in these kinds of crashes. Below is some information about how rollover accidents occur.*
A rollover accident happened when a vehicle becomes off balance during a traffic collision and begins to lift on one side. The stability of a vehicle and its ability to avoid rollovers is tied to the amount of space between its wheels and its center of gravity. When vehicles have high centers of gravity and small distances between their left and right wheels, they are more prone to rolling.
For example, SUVs tend to be more prone to rolling over than cars. SUVs are top-heavy, wider, and can carry larger, heavier cargo that can make them roll more easily. Trucks and SUVs that are raised off the ground for off-roading are even more at risk of rollovers because they are more unstable during a turn or rapid change of direction.
NHTSA has had a rating system for rollovers since 2001. The system uses stars, with five being the highest rating, and it is based on analysis of the engineering of a vehicle. Vehicles with lower centers of gravity and wider spaces between wheels tend to have higher rollover ratings. A rating of five stars means a vehicle has a rollover chance of less than 10 percent. A rating of one star means a vehicle has a rollover chance of more than 40 percent.
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