Rollover accidents account for one third of all passenger vehicle fatalities. This is more than 10,000 people per year that are killed. By far, this is the deadliest risk facing drivers of SUVs, minivans, and trucks. 35.7% of all fatal SUV crashes were the result of a rollover in 2003. More than 280,000 rollovers are reported each year.
Cars and various other vehicles are capable of rolling over whenever they leave the road. In fact, the vast majority of all rollover crashes occur after a vehicle leaves the road. The ability of a vehicle to roll is directly related to its stability in turns. Stability in turns is related to a vehicle’s center of gravity and track width. A vehicle with a low center of gravity and a wide track width is more stable in turns and, therefore, less likely to roll. At the same time, a vehicle with a high center of gravity and a narrow track width is less stable in turns and, ergo, more likely to roll. While center of gravity and track width are related to rolling, no vehicle is incapable of rolling.
While it is true that all vehicles are capable of rolling, four-wheel-drive vehicles are the most likely vehicles to roll. This is because they are generally SUVs and trucks, which already have a higher propensity for rolling. When four-wheel-drive is added, the center of gravity for the vehicle is raised. This is due to the increased ground clearance needed for off-road driving.
If you have been injured in a rollover accident, contact the Sheboygan rollover accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.