Rollover – The Next Deadliest Form of Vehicular Accident after Head-on Collisions

One major responsibility drivers have on the road is strict observance of traffic rules to make sure that they never put anyone’s safety on the line. Prior to this, of course, is ensuring that their vehicle is in good condition and, thus, safe to drive.

With the number of vehicular accidents in the US still going over five million annually, and leaving at least 35,000 dead, obeying traffic rules should be a serious concern to all drivers. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® explains that there are many different causes of vehicular accidents, including speeding, reckless driving, driver error, road defects and car defects due to manufacturer’s fault; these causes are either within or outside of the driver’s control.

Though collisions are among the most common forms of vehicular accidents, counter-measures, like the road median separation treatment, have significantly reduced them. When two light vehicles collide, the extent of damage is determined by speed, such that damage to vehicle, seriousness of the injury or chance of loss of life is greater when speed is increased.

Such is not the case when the accident is a rollover. The next most deadly type of vehicular crashes after head-on collisions, rollover accidents always register higher rates of severe injury or fatality. SUVs are types of vehicles most prone to rollovers. Due to this, manufacturers have made sure that vehicles are made with greater stability. In fact, after 2010, both the static stability factor or SSF and the electronic stability control (ESC) in vehicles have been considerably increased; SSF measures a vehicle’s geometrical capability to defend against rollover, while ESC helps put a stop to loss of control and sideways skidding that can cause rollovers.

Rollovers are either tripped or untripped. Tripped rollovers, which are the most common types of rollovers, happen when a tire on your vehicle strikes or trips on something, like a tree stump, a guardrail, a bump or a soft or uneven ground, that can cause your vehicle to be thrown sideways or forward into a roll. An untripped rollover results from high speed, tight steering input and poor ground friction, like when you attempt to turn your vehicle too aggressively.

When you or someone you know gets involved in a rollover accident, especially if it is due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, it may benefit you to contact a lawyer immediately. He or she will be able to explain to you all your legal rights in connection with the accident.

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