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What should Ohio residents know about rollover accidents?

Rollover accidents are serious accidents that are often associated with high-profile vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed. While these accidents are fairly uncommon, they can often lead to serious injuries and property damage. Our Ohio readers might be interested in learning more about these unusual, but not unheard of, accidents.

Are rollovers usually single-car accidents?

Around 80 percent, or 4 out of 5, rollovers are single-car accidents. This means that drivers are largely responsible for ensuring their vehicle is in good operating condition. It also means driving safely. In the event that a rollover does involve another vehicle, the person in the other vehicle might decide to take action to seek compensation for any injuries he or she suffered.

How can rollovers be prevented?

Driving at a safe speed and using proper maneuvering can help to prevent rollovers. High-profile vehicles have a higher center of gravity than lower-profile vehicles. This means that the vehicle is more likely to tip over, which is what will cause it to roll. In addition to driving safely, drivers also have to ensure their vehicle's cargo weight, including passengers, is distributed properly. An example of this would be ensuring that the roof rack weight limit on vans and SUVs is complied with. Weight on the luggage rack raises the center of gravity of the vehicle.

Does vehicle or tire failure ever lead to rollover accidents?

There have been some rollover accidents tied to vehicle/tire failure. In 2001, some Ford Explorers with Bridgestone/Firestone tires were recalled because the tires sometimes failed and led to rollovers. Another example is that 15-passenger vans are more likely to rollover when they are heavily loaded.

Anyone who is involved in a rollover should work to discover if another party can be held liable for the accident. This can sometimes take detective work, but if someone else is at fault, seeking compensation is possible.

Source: AAA Foundations, "FAQs Rollovers" accessed Mar. 10, 2015

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