In the US More Than 8,000 People Die In Single vehicle Rollover Crashes Every Year

In the US More Than 8,000 People Die In Single-vehicle Rollover Crashes Every Year - Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

Certain categories of vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles and small pickup trucks, are more prone to rollover than other classes of vehicles.

In 1998, more than 8,000 people died in single-vehicle rollover crashes. Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of vehicle crashes because of their high incidence of occupant ejection and head injuries.

Many factors contribute to the occurrence of rollover crashes. Rollover correlates closely with unsafe and reckless driving behaviors, poor road design and vehicle type. Certain categories of vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles and small pickup trucks, are more prone to rollover than other classes of vehicles.

At present, the federal government has established no performance standard to require improved vehicle stability to reduce the incidence of vehicle rollovers. In addition, current vehicle crash protection requirements do not adequately protect against the types of serious injuries most often associated with rollover crashes.


  • In 1998, 10,280 fatal crashes involved rollovers. (NHTSA)
  • Crashes in which a vehicle rolled over accounted for approximately half of the single-vehicle, as opposed to multiple-vehicle, crash deaths. (NHTSA)
  • Vehicle rollover crashes are especially serious because they so often result in head injuries. Head trauma is the most frequent type of fatal and nonfatal injury in rollover crashes. (NHTSA)
  • The rate of serious injury in rollover crashes is 36 percent higher than in crashes where there is no rollover. (NHTSA)
  • The high fatality and injury rates are due, in part, to the high percentage of rollover crashes in which passengers are ejected from the vehicle. Ejections account for 63 percent of all fatalities in rollover crashes and often result in costly and debilitating head injuries. (NHTSA)
  • More than 90 percent of rollover crashes of passenger vehicles are single-vehicle crashes. (NHTSA)
  • Sport utility vehicles are more prone to rollover than other vehicle types. This is due to their higher ground clearance and narrow width which tend to make the vehicle top-heavy and more likely to roll over in a crash. (NHTSA)
  • Sport utility vehicles, as a class, account for almost 70 percent of all rollover crash fatalities. (NHTSA)


  • A 1996 Louis Harris public opinion poll commissioned by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) found that 52 percent of those surveyed felt it was "very important" that the federal government set strict safety standards for sport utility vehicles, and 75 percent of respondents would be willing to pay $200 to $300 more for added safety features that would prevent rollover.
  • Consumer information, such as labeling and a rollover rating system, is important, but information alone is not sufficient to address a safety problem as serious as vehicle rollover.
  • Improving roadway design and driver behavior should be part of a larger effort to reduce rollover crashes, but the only certain way to significantly decrease the incidence of rollovers is to require basic rollover stability standards for every class of vehicle.
  • Within each class of vehicles, some models are less prone to rollover than others. The Department of Transportation could set standards for improved rollover stability that would greatly decrease rollovers without calling for radical redesign of classes of vehicles or imposing excessive burdens on automobile manufacturers.
  • Current vehicle crash protection requirements fail to adequately protect against injuries likely to result from rollover crashes. Roof crush requirements must be strong enough to protect against head and neck injuries, and improvements in other structural components are needed to reduce injury severity.
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Accidents in general are mostly because of unsafe and reckless driving behaviors. If the message could click in our daily lives that when you are emotionally unprepared to sit behind the wheel, people ae most likely to do involuntary action that could result in death.

There is also a grave issue with the local driving school at the end of the corner street that, most of the time hires driving instructors with little experiecnce in teaching.

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