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Why are SUVs more likely to roll in an accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2022 | Car accidents

If you own an SUV, you probably have seen the warning labels that talk about rollover risks. These vehicles have an enhanced chance of rolling over in an accident or when driving in certain situations than cars.

Hot Cars explains that the rollover risk with SUVs is inherent and not something even highly advanced technology can get rid of. There is one main reason for the issue, the center of gravity difference between SUVs and smaller vehicles.

Center of gravity

The center of gravity in an SUV is higher because of the height. It is heavier on the top, and the build is often narrow. Because of this design, it is more likely to topple over if it becomes unbalanced, either in an accident or during certain driving situations. As with anything top-heavy, a hit near the bottom will send it over. That is what happens with an SUV and why in accidents, the risk increases.

The risks

While rollovers are a concern more often with SUVs, any vehicle can be at risk. Also, just because you drive an SUV, it does not mean that you will have such an accident. Still, it is something you want to pay attention to because rollover accidents are often fatal.

The good news is that you can do things to avoid rollovers. Make sure you take curves and turns carefully. Also, be cautious on slippery roadways.

You may not be able to prevent all rollover accidents, but understanding the risk can help you to avoid many of the situations that could result in a rollover.