Types of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents cause one-third of all fatal traffic accidents, accounting for more than 10,000 fatalities each year. Rollover crashes are highly dependent not only on the driving habits and behaviors of the motorists involved, but also on the overall stability of the vehicle in question. A rollover accident occurs when the vehicle becomes destabilized in such a way that it tips over, and this can be due to a variety of factors.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are two different categories of rollovers:
- Tripped. In this type of rollover accident, a vehicle runs off the road and then slides sideways because of an encounter with soft soil, runs off of a steep slope, or collides with a guardrail. Just as a person might stumble over a foreign object, slip on a slick surface, or fall on unstable ground, a vehicle rolls over when its tires face these tripping forces. The majority of all rollovers are classified as “tripped” rollovers.
- Untripped. Untripped rollovers usually involve large, top-heavy vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, buses, large trucks, and loaded pick-up trucks. If these vehicles attempt to maneuver a sharp turn unsafely or swerve to avoid a collision with an obstacle, the heavy weight from the top of the vehicle causes it to destabilize and subsequently roll over.
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