Although only 2-3% of vehicles roll over in crashes, rollovers account for about 20% of all people killed in car accidents.
Rollover car accidents have the potential to be very deadly. Although only 2-3% of vehicles roll over in crashes, rollovers account for about 20% of all people killed in car accidents, according to statistics by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The percentage is even higher for light trucks, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, where more than 27% of people killed are killed in rollover crashes.
The most detailed analysis of rollover accidents was performed in 2007, looking at statistics from 2004, a year in which 33% of people who died in car accidents were killed in rollover accidents. The analysis showed that 62% of people involved in a rollover accident suffered personal injury, as opposed to only 22% of people involved in non-rollover accidents. For fatalities the disparity is even greater. About 2.7% of people involved in rollover accidents died, compared to only 0.2% of people involved in non-rollover accidents.
Rollover accidents are partly caused by speed at the time of impact, as well as the point of impact. They can be caused by vehicle defects, however. SUVs have the highest risk of rollover accidents because they are relatively narrow and have a high profile. They are most likely to be involved in single-vehicle rollover accidents.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a rollover vehicle accident that was due to the fault of another driver or a defective vehicle, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries or loss. The experienced car accident lawyers at Willens & Baez can help.