Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous and deadly motor vehicle crashes that can occur. Taking a closer look at these types of traffic collisions, this blog series will focus on dispelling some common myths about rollovers.
While the discussion herein presents some interesting facts about rollover accidents, however, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted St Louis car accident lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law if you or a loved one has been hurt in a rollover collision and you need experienced help with your financial recovery.
Don’t Buy into these Myths about Rollover Accidents
Myth 1 – Rollover accidents occur quite frequently.
Fact – Although you may hear about rollover accidents a lot, these collisions actually occur far less frequently than other types of traffic accidents, like rear-end collisions, blind spot accidents, etc. In fact, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Just over 2 percent of all traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. each year are rollovers.
- Of the 9.1 million motor vehicle accidents occurring in the U.S. annually, about 180,000 of these are rollovers.
Despite the relatively infrequent incidence of rollover accidents, however, it’s also crucial to point out that, when these collisions occur, they are often fatal. In fact, rollovers account for about 1 in every 3 traffic accident deaths in the U.S.
Myth 2 – Rollover accidents only occur after two vehicles crash.
Fact – Wrong! While rollovers can take place after two (or more) vehicles collide, the NHTSA reports that close to 85 percent of all rollover accidents are single-vehicle crashes. In other words, the vast majority of rollovers only involve the vehicle that rolls over.
Interestingly, the NHTSA has also pointed out that about 95 percent of single-vehicle rollover accidents are “tripped rollovers,” meaning that these rollovers occur when vehicles depart from paved roadways and their tires experience a high tripping force due to the disparate hardness of the ground (paved road versus soft unpaved dirt/ground).
Taking these two facts about rollovers into consideration, it can be easy to conclude that driver behaviors – including negligent behaviors like failing to pay attention to the road and the task of driving – often contribute to rollover accidents.
Be sure to check out the additional parts of this blog series for some more facts behind common rollover accident myths. In the meantime, share your comments about these rollover myths with us on social media – we want to hear from you!
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