According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rollover accidents account for 33% of all passenger vehicle fatalities. However, you are 75% less likely to be killed in a rollover accident if you are wearing your seatbelt! Below are contributing factors involved in rollover accidents.
TYPE OF VEHICLE
All vehicles can rollover. However, tall and narrow vehicles such as SUVs and vans are more vulnerable to rollovers.
Forty percent of rollovers involved speeding and they usually occur when the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher.
Almost ¾ of all fatal rollover accidents occur in rural areas that tend to be undivided and with barriers.
Almost half of all fatal rollovers involve alcohol consumption. Even a small amount of alcohol affects our judgment, vision, and response time.
The majority of all rollover accidents involve maneuvers that are considered routine – such as going straight and going around a curve – suggesting that distraction plays a role in these accidents.
SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH
Most rollovers only involve one vehicle, which again reiterates that it is driver behavior that contributes to the accident.
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