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Published on Sep 29, 2009 by Edgar Snyder

Rollover Accidents: Risk Factors and Safety Tips

Rollover accidents

Rollover accidents are responsible for almost one-third of all vehicle crash deaths. While any vehicle can be involved in a rollover, there are certain risk factors that make these accidents more likely.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following can increase your chances of being involved in a rollover accident:

  • SUVs – narrow vehicles with higher centers of gravity are more susceptible
  • Speeding – 40% of fatal rollover accidents are caused by speeding
  • Alcohol – 50% involved drinking and driving

In addition, 72% of people in fatal rollovers weren't wearing seatbelts and 75% of the accidents happened in rural areas.

The following are six tips to help you avoid rollover accidents:

  • Stay in control – avoid speeding, alcohol, drugs, and driving while drowsy.
  • Maintain your vehicle’s tires.
  • Don’t overload your SUV.
  • Be especially careful on rural roads.
  • If your vehicle veers off the road, don’t brake suddenly – reduce speed gradually and ease back onto the road.
  • Research cars before you buy, using sites like the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.
Source: "Avoiding Rollovers." Personal Best. October 2009.
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