It’s hard to imagine your car that weighs thousands of pounds flipping over like a toy—but it happens frequently. Some drivers are more at risk than others to end up in a deadly rolling crash. You should be aware of what increases the chance of a rollover accident.
The type of car you drive
Cars can vary greatly in size and some are more prone to flipping than others. Tall and narrow large vehicles are much more likely to roll than small compact cars. SUVs, vans and pickup trucks can be more dangerous due to their size and distribution of weight.
How fast you are going
About 40 percent of fatal rollovers involve excessive speeding. Going too fast can give even the slightest bump or adjustment huge consequences.
Almost 75 percent of these accidents occur where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour or higher. Most highways here in South Dakota have speed limits far above that. You should be careful not to exceed the limit on these high-speed roads.
Where you are driving
Roads without separations increase the risk of rolling as well. If you lose control of your car, dividers or barriers can bring you to a stop before you flip. Rural areas are less likely to have barriers, which is why the majority of fatal rollover accidents occur on rural roads.
The chance of rolling your car is always present. Your risk could be greater based your vehicle and the areas you drive in. Being aware of the dangers may help you keep your tires on ground, where they belong.