It isn’t particularly common that you see a crash that has resulted in a rollover, but they do happen. Rollover crashes are more common when the vehicles involved in a crash include an SUV or tall, narrow car or truck compared to those set low to the ground. They are also more common when one or both parties were speeding and when the roads are slick.
Rollover crashes happen because the vehicle’s tires can’t keep traction on the road. Another vehicle might get up and under the body, which could force a vehicle to roll, or a vehicle might get hit and go over an embankment where rolling is more likely.
In any case, a rollover crash is one of the most dangerous to be involved in, because they can quickly lead to serious injuries. The people inside, if not belted in, could be thrown from the vehicle. They are also at risk of impaling injuries if their windows break or were open and items enter the vehicle.
The four main causes of rollover crashes
The main four reasons that rollover crashes happen include:
- Speeding excessively, so that a bump or impact is more likely to cause a spin or flip.
- Car manufacturing defects, like problems with electronic stability control features.
- Driver control issues, such as being intoxicated or falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Being in a taller, thinner vehicle that is more likely to roll.
These are a few common causes of rollovers, many of which you can avoid if you drive safely. However, even if you’re cautious, getting into a crash with another driver who was acting recklessly could lead to a rollover in some cases.
What should you do after a rollover crash?
Your priority should be getting medical care if you’ve been in a rollover crash. If you can help others who have gotten into the crash with you, you should render aid whenever possible.
At the scene, recording witness names and exchanging information is helpful, too. Later, after getting medical care, you can look into making a claim to seek fair compensation.