Rollover crash facts for Oklahoma residents

In an accident, a car may roll over due to the sideways forces being placed on it. For instance, if a driver makes a sudden movement and then tries to correct back quickly, the lateral force acts like a pendulum that makes the car roll. Most often, cars with higher centers of gravity such as SUVs and large trucks are susceptible to rollovers.

However, any car can rollover if the conditions are right. The government estimates that 95 percent of all rollover crashes are actually the result of tripping. Tripping occurs when the car makes contact with the road or sidewalk. Cars may also trip when they hit soft pavement on a road's shoulder. However, some say that tipping is a bigger cause of rollovers than tripping. Tipping occurs when the rim of the car's wheel makes contact with the pavement and causes the car to rollover.

What can reduce the number of rollover crashes that occur? Experts say that better car construction, safer driving practices and the right amount of grip on the road all play a factor in whether a rollover may occur. This can make the road safer because while rollovers account for only 3 percent of accidents, they account for 30 percent of accident fatalities.

Those who are injured in car accidents may suffer serious injuries that may take a long time to recover from. These injuries may make it impossible for an individual to work or have a good quality of life. With the help of a personal injury attorney, it may be possible to hold the driver who caused the accident financially responsible for his or her actions that led to the accident. It may be possible to win compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs related to the crash.

Source: Consumer reports, "Rollover 101", November 21, 2014

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