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What causes SUV rollovers?

Whether it's because of how violent they are or because of something else, those who are involved in vehicle rollovers rarely survive such a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that there are a number of factors that result in these types of crashes. While vehicle type and driver behavior play a large role in determining whether a rollover will occur, both environmental factors and road conditions can play a role in causing this type of crash also.

Three of the vehicle types with the highest propensity to roll over in single-car incidents include vans, SUVs and pickup trucks, according to the NHTSA. The reason that these modes of transportation have the highest rollover rate of all vehicle types is because they tend to have a narrow profile, a high center of gravity and are relatively tall.

Data compiled by the NHTSA suggests that 85 percent of all rollovers involve a single vehicle, a statistic that leads them to believe that many of these types of crashes are often caused by the driver him or herself.

One factor that appears to contribute to at least 40 percent of all crashes is a motorist driving at an accelerated rate of speed. NHTSA statistics show that 25 percent of all rollovers that result in a motorist's death happen in areas where the speed limit is posted at 55 mph or more.

NHTSA data also shows that rural roadways, especially those that have few barriers dividing lanes or are windy are where at least 75 percent of all rollovers occur. In all but 10 percent of fatal rollover cases, drivers are engaging in normal driving behaviors to include driving straight or navigating a bend when they occur.

Alcohol consumption is believed to be responsible for at least 50 percent of all rollover crashes. As far as intoxication is concerned, NHTSA warns that even the smallest amount of alcohol in an individual's system can impact his or her ability to see clearly. It can reduce their ability to make sound decisions and affect their motor skills, making a rollover a lot more likely.

If someone you care about lost his or her life in a rollover crash, then a San Bernardino, California, attorney can advise you of legal remedies that you may be eligible to pursue in your case.

Source: NHTSA, "Causes," accessed Jan. 05, 2018

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