A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in the U.S., rollover crashes still comprise a disproportionately high number of fatalities. Although only three percent of all crashes are rollovers, they account for more than one-third of all crash deaths. A majority of rollover accidents -- 68% -- involve just one vehicle.
Rollovers typically occur with high profile vehicles but can also occur with cars, especially on rural roads that are narrow and have many sharp curves. If a car does go off the road, landing in a ditch or onto a soft shoulder can cause a car to roll over.
If you’re thinking of buying a new car -- especially an SUV, minivan, or truck -- you should consider the following:
- If you’re shopping for an SUV or other similar vehicle, you should try to buy one that has an enhanced safety system, including electronic stability control (ESC), side airbags, and a strong roof. Many fatalities result from people being ejected from the vehicle during the rollover, but many other fatalities are caused when the roof crushes in resulting in severe head and spinal injuries.
- Always wear a seatbelt. The majority of fatalities in a rollover crash result from the occupant being ejected from the vehicle. Being properly restrained reduces the risk of ejection.
- Slow down on rural roads and rough terrain. Fatal rollover crashes occur more frequently on rural roads because of higher speed limits, undivided highways, and soft or uneven shoulders.
- Maintain your tires. Well-maintained tires not only give you better fuel economy, but they also can help eliminate or reduce the risk of a tire blow-out or rollover. You should check your tires regularly to make sure they have the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
- Avoid overloading your truck or SUV. Sport utility vehicles and trucks may become unstable when carrying additional weight such as cargo, passengers, or equipment.
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