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3 causes of rollover accidents

Rollover accidents are particularly grave and dangerous. Rolling over in your SUV or truck can cause significant injuries or even fatalities. While any car is subject to a rollover accident under the right circumstances, these larger vehicles are more at risk due to their higher center of gravity.

If you drive a truck or SUV, it is important for you to know about the risk of rollovers and what causes them. Continue reading to learn about the top causes of rollover crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

1. Swerving or over-correcting

Driving a larger vehicle is a different experience. Sometimes inexperienced drivers are prone to swerving to bypass hazards on the road. SUVs react far differently than lighter and smaller cars that are closer to the ground. Even an inexperienced driver might rollover from swerving when reacting to an accident or negligent driver.

2. Inclement weather

Severe weather such as rain, ice, snow or even heavy fog can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a rollover accident. When you drive an SUV in inclement conditions, make sure to reduce your speed and keep your headlights on. You should also increase your distance between you and cars in front of you to prepare for longer stops.

3. Manufacturer defect

Auto manufacturers can be at fault for causing rollover accidents. Sometimes a vehicle has a defect in original design, a defect during the manufacturing process or a labeling error. A labeling defect is the failure to warn the purchaser of the vehicle about the inherent risk of rollover crashes.

A rollover accident may cause a variety of injuries. If you get hit by another car that causes the accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the insurance company. In the instance that your SUV had a defect, you may be able to sue the manufacturer. Whatever the case is, make sure you consult a personal injury attorney if you get injured in a rollover accident.

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