Did you know that more than half of all fatal single vehicle accidents involve vehicle rollovers? After head-on collisions, rollover accidents are the most deadly of Missouri car crashes. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover crashes occur each year in the United States; these crashes are responsible for the loss of more than 10,000 lives annually. In this article, our Lee's Summit, MO auto accident lawyers discuss why rollover accidents occur.
There are many possible causes of rollover accidents.  However, if you drive an SUV, minivan or truck that was manufactured before 2005, your risk of being involved in a Missouri rollover accident is greater than if you drive a sedan. These are top-heavy vehicles, so they are more prone to rollover than vehicles with a lower center of gravity.  Since 2005, many SUV's have been equipped with electronic stability control (ESC). This feature reduces the risk of rollover accidents and has made late model SUV's with ESC among the safest vehicles on the road. Learn more in our article: "New Research: Are SUVs Safer Than Cars?."
Here are some factors that contribute to Missouri SUV rollover crashes:
1. Making a sharp turn or turning at high speed: Vehicles with a high center of gravity are less stable when making a turn.  If the turn is too sharp or too fast, the vehicle can tip.
2. Overcorrecting: When a driver veers to the side because he is drowsy or distracted, he may jerk the wheel in the other direction.  If the movement is too forceful, the driver can lose control of his SUV and it may flip.
3. Road defects or road debris: Any obstacle in the road including potholes, uneven pavement, guardrails, medians, road debris, or trees can cause a vehicle to "trip" and rollover.
4. Overloading: Carrying a lot of weight in a vehicle or on top of the vehicle raises its center of gravity.  This increases the chances of a rollover crash.
5. Aggressive driving: Driving at high speeds and excessive or high speed lane changes can lead to rollover crashes. Almost two-thirds of rollovers happen when the vehicle is traveling over 55 miles per hour or higher.
Were you injured in a Missouri rollover accident?
Most Missouri rollover crashes are single vehicle accidents. But sometimes rollover accidents are caused by another driver who behaved recklessly or by vehicle defects. 

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