Reducing Your Risk of Rolling Over

In the United States today, single-vehicle rollover accidents account to the biggest percentage of fatalities as compared to other types of vehicles. Sports utility vehicles, or SUVs, are more prone to rollover accidents than other vehicles because of the way they are built – they have a higher center of gravity and track width. Because they were not built to initially be passenger vehicles, they had automotive defects that lead to a great number of accidents and fatalities.

Because of the high probability of SUVs to get into rollover accidents whenever they make fast turns or change directions, engineers and manufacturers of these types of vehicles have been trying to change fundamental design flaws, such as lowering the center of gravity or widen the track width in order to make the vehicle more stable. However, many of these changes can be expensive, thus some manufacturers have chosen to go with less effective modifications.

For drivers, there are ways they can take to lower their chances of a rollover accident when driving an SUV. One thing they can do is to be careful when driving on rural roads, since these roads are not leveled and rough roads can easily “trip” SUVs and send them tipping to the side or over. When you are in a situation where you may go off the road, consider reducing your speed and avoid panicking while steering. Make sure your tires are properly maintained; ensure that loads are properly distributed. Lastly, avoid driving when you are not fit to drive – reckless or negligent actions or behaviors such as DUI or speeding can increase your chances of getting into an SUV rollover accident and diminish your chances of filing for an injury or insurance claim. Too many driving mistakes, and insurance companies might refuse to take you on as a customer. When this happens, people are forced to take what is called an SR-22 policy. More information about SR-22 policies can be found on this website.