Are SUV's the sole vehicles with roll over possible or are there cars I ought to know about?

by Gwenette Anstey

During the course of their careers an Orange County auto accident lawyer will need to deal with many claims for car related accidents. Most of them are straightforward disputed claims for minor fender benders, however on certain occasions they will have to deal with the result of a vehicle roll over claim. When a vehicle rolls over it inevitably ends in devastating circumstances often causing major injuries or even death to one or two of the passengers concerned, but how and why do they happen?

According to the Nation's Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the automobiles that are most susceptible to roll over incidents are 4x4s (SUV's), particularly older models. The reason behind this is that they have a high center of gravity coupled with a narrow wheel track and base. Sadly SUV's are normal in the US and make up a large percentage of the North American fleet. Latest stats have shown that 61% of all automobile related fatalities involving roll overs took place in an SUV.

There are several factors to consider when a vehicle is about to roll over and they're gravity, inertia and down force. A bunch of San Bernardino car accident attorneys explain.....

If a vehicle approaches a bend in a road at exorbitant speed, down force takes over and makes an attempt to push on the car to keep the wheels on the road. As the car driver tries to brake to avoid careering off the road, the car is forced on to the outer side of the road, where inertial forces will have a catapulting effect on top side of the car. As this effect takes hold it forces the pinnacle of the car down toward the ground. Once the car has hit the ground then gravity takes hold and forces the car to roll over.

Another kind of roll over is known as the 'trip and fall ' or 'stumble and fall'. This happens when a vehicle is moving at speed and hits something like a kerb. Inertial forces then take over causing the auto to aid a tripping effect. As the auto trips, gravity again takes over and forces the car to flip over and over.

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