Persons who are involved in a rollover collision are 30 times more likely to die as a result than those involved in other types of motor vehicle accidents. Certain types of vehicles, including SUVs, vans and trucks have a higher likelihood of rolling over due to having higher centers of gravity, but any vehicle can potentially have a rollover accident.
In order to reduce the likelihood of having a rollover collision, motor vehicle owners can do several things. First, when people are in the market to purchase or lease a vehicle, choosing a later model one can often offer better protection. Newer cars generally have better safety features, including traction control and additional available airbags than do older models.
Rollovers can occur due to tire problems as well. Drivers should make certain their tires are in good condition and are wearing evenly. Conversely, having tires with too much grip can lead to rollover accidents as the grip can catch, rolling the car over instead of allowing it to slide. People should additionally always use their seat belts, as they can help lessen the likelihood of serious injuries in the event a rollover does occur. Finally, care should be taken not to overload a vehicle or to place too much weight on the vehicle's roof, as both can increase the vehicle's instability.
When people are seriously injured in a car accident, they often face significant financial burdens as a result of the accident in addition to problems caused by possible permanent disability. When the accident occurs as a result of a negligent driver or a defective product, the injured person may be able to recover damages through filing a personal injury claim against the driver or manufacturer. A personal injury attorney may be able to ascertain all available claims and potential damages.
Source: ConsumerReports.org, "Rollover 101", November 17, 2014