Understanding Head-On Collisions and Rollover Accidents
All car accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death, but some are more likely to end up this way than others. Statistically, only 2.1% of car crashes lead to a vehicle rollover, but these kinds of accidents account for 35% of all passenger vehicle fatalities. Similarly, U.S. statistics show that head-on collisions account for only 2.0% of accidents but make up 10.1% of fatal crashes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
“Frontal impacts accounted for 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2018.”
These crashes occur when the front of 1 vehicle collides with the front of another. They tend to happen when a driver is driving on the wrong side of the road, trying to pass a slower vehicle, or drifting out of their lane (and across the center divider). The results of a head-on crash between 2 vehicles traveling 50 mph are equivalent to what would happen if a car ran into a fixed object going 100 mph. This significant force typically leads to serious injuries and/or fatalities. If passenger vehicle occupants are not wearing seatbelts, they can be ejected from the vehicle.
A total of 6,583 people died in rollover crashes in 2018, representing nearly 30% of the year’s fatal passenger vehicle accidents. In 2017, rollovers caused 2,750 fatal crashes and made up 8% of the year’s fatal collisions.
Rollover crashes occur anytime a vehicle tips onto its side or roof during the crash. Sometimes, rollovers happen after a collision, but other times, they happen independently. Faulty vehicle design occasionally causes or contributes to rollover accidents, but speed and/or alcohol is involved in many rollover crashes.
Because rollovers often occur after a vehicle leaves the roadway, drivers and passengers can be ejected from the vehicle. This is especially true if the occupants are not wearing seatbelts.
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