You’ve probably seen a rollover crash in your lifetime. They are usually the cause of long backups on the highway because of all the looky-loos. When a vehicle in a collision tips over, rolls on its side, or lands on its roof, this is what is referred to as a rollover collision. Rollover collisions can and frequently do have passengers that have been ejected. The full or partial ejection is usually the result of not wearing a seatbelt or seatbelt failure and can ultimately lead to death of catastrophic injuries. Statistics say that only one percent of all traffic accidents account for rollover crashes. Sadly, this one percent results in one third of all auto and truck accident deaths.
So, how does a rollover collision happen? Typically, a driver loses control while driving and the vehicle begins to slide sideways. I was driving from Conroe to Dallas last weekend and drove through a rainstorm. My vehicle hydroplaned and started to slide. If this doesn’t get your heart racing, I don’t know what does. Had my vehicle struck a curb, guardrail, or even the earth at the edge of the highway, I could have been the victim of a rollover crash. Drivers that attempt to turn when speeding are also the reason for rollover crashes. Rollovers can be even more dangerous when your vehicle strikes another vehicle or slides over into oncoming traffic. Cars or trucks that are hit by another vehicle can often cause a rollover crash.
Common causes for rollover crashes are: