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Rollover Accidents Have Higher Fatality Rates Than Other Accidents

August 3, 2018 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that rollovers are very dangerous incidents which have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. Although rare with only 2.1 percent of accidents involving rollovers, they accounted for nearly 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes. The majority of deaths were to people not wearing seatbelts.

Rollover Accidents Have Higher Fatality Rates than Other Accidents - Spivey LawMore than other types of crashes, a rollover reflects the interaction of the driver, the road, vehicle type and environmental factors, says

Vehicle type

Experts say that all types of vehicles can roll over, but the taller and narrower vehicles, which include SUVs, pickups and vans, have higher centers of gravity. This makes them more susceptible to a rollover if they are involved in single-vehicle crashes.

Vehicles, according to government laws, must undergo rollover testing and meet certain standards to be safe. NHTSA provides a rating system called the Rollover Resistance Rating (RRR). This rating is based on two factors: a vehicle’s static stability factor (SSF) and a dynamic rollover test. Consumer Reports says that SSF determines how top-heavy a vehicle is, and the dynamic rollover test simulates a driver making severe steering maneuvers which could happen in an emergency. (Ratings can be found at

Speed reports that 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involve excessive speed. Nearly three-quarters of fatal rollovers take place where posted speed limits are 55 miles per hour or higher.


Close to three-quarters of fatal rollovers occur in rural areas where the roads tend to be undivided and have no barriers. The posted speed limits on these more dangerous roads are typically 55 miles per hour or higher.

Routine driving maneuvers

NHTSA statistics show that over 90 percent of vehicles in fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes were conducting routine driving maneuvers such as going straight or negotiating a curve. NHTSA concludes that driver behavior such as distraction, inattentiveness, speeding, and impaired driving, play significant roles in rollover crashes.

Rollover accidents are classified as either tripped or un-tripped, with 95 percent of rollovers being tripped.

Tripped accidents occur when a vehicle leaves the road and slides sideways, digging its tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail. The force applied to the tires causes the rollover.

Un-tripped rollovers occur when vehicles are top-heavy and drivers are conducting high speed correcting maneuvers.

“When rollover accidents occur, whether they are single-vehicle accidents or multi-vehicle accidents and you or a loved one is injured, after seeking medical attention, contact our experienced legal team. The rollover accident may be caused by poorly maintained or designed roads, poorly manufactured or designed vehicles or vehicle components, or a failure on the part of mechanics when vehicles are serviced. We are available 24/7 to assist you. There are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Florida Vehicle Rollovers Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.



Florida Vehicle Rollovers Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.



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