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Why are Trucks and SUVs more likely to Roll Over?

Frequently, we discuss the nature and dangers of rollover motor vehicle accidents. Oftentimes these accidents involve SUVs and trucks so our attorneys thought we should remind readers of the dangers associated with rollover crashes, what makes them occur, and why trucks and SUVs are more likely to roll over than other vehicles.

According to WGNTV, a recent SUV rollover crash outside of Chicago killed four people and left one in critical condition. According to Lasalle County Sheriff’s Department, the driver lost control of the SUV, hit a mailbox, and sped across the road. She then slide sideways in the SUV down an embankment while at a high speed, and became airborne. The SUV ultimately landed in trees nearby. All of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle. Friends of the victims say that alcohol may have been a major factor in this crash.

In another recent instance of a rollover crash, a man was killed after his vehicle rolled over, according to an article by MLive. According to police, the man drifted off the road and hit a rock. His vehicle then flipped over several times. Authorities are investigating as to whether alcohol was a factor involved.

In both of these examples, the vehicles involved went off the roads and flipped over several times. What causes vehicles to flip and roll over during motor vehicle accidents is a more common trait in SUVs and trucks than other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle type plays a major factor into the likelihood of a rollover crash. Tall and narrow vehicles like SUVs and trucks have high centers of gravity and are more susceptible to roll over. Usually a rollover occurs when a driver loses control of the vehicle and it slides sideways, according to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. Rollovers can occur when a driver tries to turn a vehicle too sharply or aggressively, such at a high velocity with a tight turning radius. In a scientific explanation, the frictional force between the tires and road surface can cause the vehicle to tip and then roll.

Furthermore, in both of these instances, speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the rollover as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair a driver’s judgment, coordination, and vision, making a driver more likely to lose control and be in a rollover crash. Additionally, speed is a consistent factor in fatal rollover crashes. About 40% of rollover crashes involve excessive speeding.

Rollover crashes are extremely dangerous and often deadly. According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, rollover crashes account for more than a third of passenger vehicle deaths. Furthermore, about three quarters of rollover deaths occur in single-vehicle accidents. Over half of occupants killed in all single-vehicle crashes died as a result of a rollover crash.

Our attorneys care about the safety and well-being of members of the Illinois community. If you have been hurt in a rollover crash where the driver had been drinking or excessively speeding, you may be able to hold that person liable for putting you in harm’s way and causing you injury. You may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost a loved one as a result of the negligence of another driver. Our law firm IS experienced in handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits for seriously injured victims and our lawyers provide free consultations to anyone who has a questions about a potential injury or wrongful death matter.