Fortunately, the majority of road users across North Carolina enjoy the use of the roads each day without having an accident. Sadly, this does not apply to everyone.
Road traffic accidents are common enough to warrant careful consideration as well as methods to try and stop them. Car crashes come in various forms, such as head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and T-bone collisions. One other type of accident that is worth mentioning is rollovers. Rollover accidents only account for a small number of crashes, but they make up a significant number of accident-related injuries and fatalities. Outlined below are some of the key factors that contribute to rollover accidents.
Driving a higher vehicle
Vehicles that are taller in stature, such as trucks, vans and SUVs tend to have a higher center of gravity than their counterparts. Being top-heavy means that such vehicles are susceptible to rollovers, particularly if they make drastic turns while traveling at speed.
Driving a vehicle that has been poorly maintained poses a threat to everyone on the roads. Damaged tires, brake systems and suspension all increase the chances of a person losing control of their vehicle. If an issue arises with a key component of a vehicle while traveling at speed, the driver may lose control and end up in a rollover accident.
Hazards on the road
Road conditions are also a fundamental aspect of driver safety and poorly maintained roads contribute to a significant number of rollover accidents. If a driver encounters a pothole, it may cause the vehicle to lose balance. Additionally, where roadworks are taking place, it is important that warning signs are positioned in suitable areas. Seeing a warning sign at the last minute could cause a driver to panic and swerve to try and get out of the way.
Rollover accidents are especially dangerous because of their potentially fatal nature. If you have been injured on the roads in North Carolina, there may be legal options available to you.