Every year, countless individuals either sustain injures or are killed as a result of their involvement in rollover crashes. Car type greatly impacts a person's risk of a rollover accident.
One of the major risks of driving a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is the risk of a rollover accident. These vehicles are tall, which creates a higher risk of sideways forces pushing them onto their sides. Rollover crashes occur in only around three percent of serious collisions, but they pose a major threat to the victims inside the SUV and inside other vehicles impacted by the crash.
SUVs make up around 12 percent of all vehicles on the roads in the United States today. While many people view them as safe, the fact is that they are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roads. They have a risk of rollovers, sometimes have poor visibility and can impact and crush smaller vehicles.
Rain has been a common sight recently, but that's no reason for drivers to lose control of their vehicles. In fact, there are many things drivers can do to avoid accidents when rain and floods become hazardous.
You may remember a national television and print campaign several years back that was created to raise awareness, especially among younger drivers, of the dangers of driving an SUV. The campaign featured a person riding a creature that resembled a cross between an SUV and a bull in a bull riding competition. The campaign made the point that SUVs are inherently more prone than other styles of vehicles to rolling over in accidents or difficult handling situations, making them more dangerous to inexperienced drivers. Here in 2016, the state of SUV safety has greatly improved.
Tragedy struck on the I-405 on Aug. 29, when an Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a Tesla in the carpool lane, severely injuring one 13-year-old girl and killing her 7-year-old sister. Both of the young girls were riding in the backseat of the car when when the SUV swerved into the carpool lane, connecting with their vehicle and compounding the damages by pushing it into a Honda Civic.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently disclosed that front seat passengers are still in greater danger of suffering injury or death in a collision than their driver counterparts. The battery of tests conducted by the IIHS were aimed at determining the front seat passenger safety of a number of late model sport utility vehicles.
One of the worst type of accidents is a rollover. Though relatively rare — rollovers account for only about 3 percent of serious collisions — vehicle rollovers are responsible for approximately 30 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities.
When a California resident is involved in a rollover collision, the resulting injuries can be extremely serious. Rollovers account for 30 percent of all fatal crashes even though they account for only 3 percent of all accidents. Surprisingly, the federal government does not have any regulations in place to regulate manufacturers regarding rollover safety.