Rollover Crash Causes
Type of Vehicle: As mentioned, almost any vehicle can rollover. Nevertheless, certain design elements can increase the risk of a rollover accident. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, and/or those that are tall and narrow, such as SUV’s, minivans, and pickup trucks, have a higher incidence and risk of rolling over.
Road Conditions: Poorly maintained roads and highways can cause a rollover.
Defective Tires: Unfortunately, many auto accidents happen because of tire problems. Faulty tire stems, bead failures, defective sidewalls, even tread cracks can cause tire explosions leading to a rollover.
Speed: Speed often plays a role in death from rollover crashes. Almost 75% of fatal rollover crashes happen in a 55 MPH or higher zone, while 40% of all rollovers deaths involve speeding.
Driver Behavior: Many rollover accidents happen in single-vehicle events and during routine driving maneuvers, such as turning or exiting a highway. Contributing factors to rollovers in these cases may include:
Driver Distraction: Such as cell phone use, distractions within the vehicle including radio and passengers
Speeding: As mentioned above
Alcohol: A factor in almost half of all deadly rollover accidents, or other mind-altering substances
Location: Areas with speed limits of 55 or higher account for more than 70% of fatal rollovers