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What causes car rollover accidents?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Rollover crashes are rare but deadly. While these accidents are more common among taller and narrower vehicles like pickups and SUVs, all types of vehicles can roll over. Therefore, it’s essential that you understand some of the most common causes of rollover crashes to better protect yourself from these tragic accidents. 

So, why do rollover crashes happen? 

Type of vehicle

Vehicles with a high center of gravity are more prone to rollover crashes. When a vehicle with a high center of gravity is driven at high speed, it can cause the vehicle to tip to one side and get into a rollover accident. 


Speed is one of the leading causes of rollover accidents. The faster a driver goes, the more likely they are to lose control of their vehicle. This increases the risk of the vehicle turning sideways and rolling over. Moreover, a speeding car imposes more force on another vehicle in the event of an accident.

Worn or damaged tires

For a driver to control their vehicle, there must be sufficient tire grip. However, the vehicle may skid and even roll over when there’s a low tire grip. Fortunately, drivers can avoid rollover accidents by getting tires recommended by the manufacturer. 

Driving while impaired

Drunk drivers are less capable of keeping control of their vehicles and are at a high risk of causing a collision. This is because drunk drivers have a reduced ability to see obstacles, have a slow reaction time and have poor speed control. For instance, a drunk driver may cause you to swerve dangerously to avoid hitting them, and your vehicle may roll over. 

Did a negligent driver cause your rollover accident?

Rollover accidents can cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, amputation and internal bleeding. However, if a negligent driver caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for damages.