If you are in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely to be thankful for your car’s many safety features. These, which include your seat belt and airbags, just may save your life. Still, if you have a rollover accident, your chances of dying or suffering a catastrophic injury increase considerably.
A rollover accident is any accident where a vehicle tips onto its roof or side. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 76% of rollover accidents occur after a collision with another vehicle. While a rollover accident can happen with any car, truck or SUV, certain vehicles have a higher rollover risk.
Generally, the taller a vehicle is, the greater chance it has of rolling onto its side or top during an accident. This means many pickup trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles present an enhanced rollover risk.
To work effectively, tires must have sufficiently deep treads. Not only do healthy tires allow you to maneuver your vehicle, but they also keep your car, truck or SUV on the ground. If your tires require replacement, you may be in danger of having a rollover accident.
It is not uncommon for car enthusiasts to add some aftermarket modifications. Depending on the modification, though, altering your vehicle may make it less safe. If you tinker with your suspension or add a lift kit, for example, your car may lose much of its stability.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, it is advisable to consider rollover risk. Ultimately, though, if you sustain a major injury in a rollover crash, you may have grounds to pursue substantial financial compensation.