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Sean M. Cleary
Pickup Truck Rollover Accidents
While commonly heavier, pickups are safer in multi-vehicle crashes, but they've been shown to be at a disadvantage in single-vehicle accidents, which comprise 43% of fatal accidents. According to NHTSA statistics, in single-vehicle crashes, pickups have more than double the probability of rolling over. Data shows that pickups largely have a greater fatality rate than cars of comparable weight. Pickup truck rollovers involve many of the same occupant hazards as are found in SUV rollovers. By their very design, pickups result in a higher rollover rate than passenger vehicles and drivers tend to increase the rollover problem with excessive loads and overloading.
Each year, 44 percent of pickups occupants killed in crashes are in vehicles that rolled over. In comparison, 22 percent of deaths in cars are in rollovers.
Physical differences.Trucks are taller than cars, also have larger ground clearance. Their mass is distributed higher above the road comparative to the width of the vehicle.
To make things worse, for a long time pickups were behind other vehicle types in electronic-stability control.
Supplementary passengers and cargo can raise the center of gravity even more. Provided that other factors or circumstances remain the same, a vehicle with a higher center of gravity is more likely to roll over than a lower-riding vehicle.
Driver behavior could be partly responsible for the high rollover rate of pickups. These cars are more dangerous than other vehicles for inexperienced drivers.
Moreover, pickups are more commonly used on rural roads, where rollovers take place more frequently. Vehicles are unsafe when used in conditions they are not designed to experience. For example, when a high clearance pickup is used on hilly, curvy roads.
When pickup occupants don't use safety belts, it is possible they'll be catastrophically or fatally injured when rollovers take place.
How Can The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Pickup Truck Rollover Accident?
When you or someone you know has been a victim of a Florida pickup rollover crash, you may be entitled to recover damages. Contact Miami car accident lawyer as soon as possible to receive expert legal advice and just compensation for your injuries.
If you or a member of your family has been involved in a pickup truck rollover with severe roof crush, roof pillar collapse failure or any other serious accident or failure and you have questions about whether the vehicle or roof design may have caused or contributed to the accident or injuries, then call us now.