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How Do Car and SUV Rollovers Happen?

How do car and SUV rollovers happen

Few accidents are more serious than a rollover. Here’s what you can do to minimize your risk of injuries in a rollover accident and what you can do to receive compensation if you’re injured.

How SUV Rollover Accidents Happen

While any type of vehicle can roll over, SUV rollovers are the most common because of their high center of gravity. Think of it like carrying a stack of boxes with different weights — when the heavier boxes are on the bottom, it’s easier to control them. While it’s possible to carry the heavier boxes on top, even the slightest direction in change and speed can send them tumbling.

The same thing happens in an auto accident. When a vehicle such as an SUV, truck or van is hit or suddenly sent onto an uneven surface, the fact that more of its weight is higher up makes it easier for it to roll over.

Preventing a Roof Crush Accident

Rollover accidents are never solely due to vehicle design. If they were, high-center-of-gravity vehicles wouldn’t be allowed on the road. Common factors in rollover accidents include:

  • Speeding: About 40 percent of rollover accidents involve a driver going over the speed limit.
  • Speeds over 55 MPH: About 75 percent of rollover accidents happen above this speed.
  • Alcohol: Nearly half of rollover accidents involve an impaired driver.

While you can’t control other drivers, you can make sure your own driving is safe and take defensive driving measures to avoid unsafe drivers. To reduce your risk of injuries if you can’t avoid a crash, always wear your seat belt and never disable your airbags.

What You Need to Do to Bring an SUV Accident Claim

If you’ve been injured in an SUV or car rollover, contact an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, meaning you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident.

You can potentially recover against two parties in a rollover accident. The first is the other driver if they were at fault because they violated traffic laws or failed to take other reasonable precautions. The second is your vehicle’s manufacturer if a poor design led to an increased risk of your vehicle rolling over or if your vehicle didn’t have adequate safety features to protect you in a rollover accident.

To learn more or to get help filing a claim, contact us today.

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Last modified on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Published by Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.

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