Rollover accidents are among the deadliest types of accidents in which a driver can be involved. According to Safecar.gov, aside from your vehicle type, other factors such as driver behavior and road and environmental conditions can cause a vehicle to roll over. So, what specifically has been linked to causing these accidents? Driving at an excessive speed or traveling with more than one passenger? If you’re interested in knowing so that you can help prevent one of these accidents from transpiring, read on below to find out.
- Driving while Intoxicated. “BAC” level is your blood alcohol concentration level, meaning the amount of alcohol that is detected in your system. A breathalyzer, blood, or urine sample can determine a driver’s BAC level. And what Safecar.gov has found is that whenever a driver’s BAC level is anything above .00, it will “negatively affect your judgment, muscular coordination, and vision, making you more likely to lose control of your vehicle.” This means that ANY alcohol can contribute to a rollover accident.
- Speeding tends to be a common factor in many fatal rollover crashes. In fact, 40% of fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speeding and nearly ¾ of fatal rollovers occurred on roadways with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or higher. The short answer is speed kills. Slow down and you stand a better chance of maintaining control over your vehicle.
- The type of vehicle you drive. While it is possible for all types of vehicles to rollover, those that are taller and narrower such as SUV’s, pickups and vans have a higher tendency to flip when involved in a single-vehicle accident. Remember that next time you are thinking about adding a lift kit to your car.
- Your location. Rollover accidents occur frequently on rural roads as many tend to be undivided and without barriers.
- Distraction/Over-correction. We have all been driving when we get momentarily distracted and almost veer off the road. The tendency when this happens is to jerk the wheel back toward the roadway, which can result in an over-correction, causing the vehicle to fishtail back and forth. 90% of the vehicles involved in single-vehicle rollover crashes were involved in routine driving maneuvers such as going straight or driving on a curve at the time of the crash. When a driver is distracted, inattentive, or even impaired, they drastically increase their chances of causing an accident. So put your phone down and pay attention and you may prevent a rollover and save your own life.