Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers

Statistical Facts:

  • One of every 4 people who die in automobile accidents will die in a rollover crash (1).
  • Rollovers tend to occur when a vehicle runs off a road and turns over at least on its side (1).
  • Sport-utility vehicles account for 17 of the 20 vehicles with the greatest risk to roll over (1).
  • The Chevrolet Tracker, the Suzuki Vitara, and the Toyota RAV4 are most likely to roll over in more than 4 of every 10 accidents (1).
  • The SUV that is least likely to roll over is the Ford Excursion (1).
  • The vehicles that are least likely to turn over are the Bentley and Rolls-Royce, possessing a 1% chance of rolling over in accidents (1).
  • Minivans can be expected to roll over 10% to 17.9% of the time in an accident (1).
  • The 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has the greatest chance of roll over out of all SUVs in a single vehicle crash at 34%. The 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4-DR and the 2005 GMC Yukon 4-DR have a 28% chance of rollover in a single-vehicle crash (2).
  • The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica 4-DR w/SAB and the 2005 Ford Freestyle 5-DR have the smallest chance of rolling over out of all SUVs in a single-vehicle crash at 13% (2).
  • The 2005 Ford Ranger 2-Dr, the 2005 Ford Ranger Extended Cab, the 2005 Mazda B-Series Extended Cab and the 2005 Mazda B-Series 2-DR have the greatest chance of a rollover out of pickups in a single vehicle crash at 30% (2). The 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2-DR, the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 4-DR, the 2005 GMC Sierra 2-DR, and the 2005 GMC Sierra 4-Dr have the smallest chance of rollover out of pickups in a single-vehicle crash at 15% (2). The 2005 Ford E-150 has the greatest chance of rollover out of vans in a single-vehicle crash at 29% (2).
  • The 2005 Nissan Quest Van w/ SAB has the smallest chance of rollover out of vans in a single vehicle crash at 12% (2).
  • The 2005 Pontiac Vibe 4-DR, the 2005 Subaru Forester 4-DR w/SAB, the 2005 Toyota Matrix 4-DR, and the 2005 Toyota Scion xA 4-DR Hatchback have the greatest chance of rollover out of passenger cars in a single vehicle crash at 15% (2).
  • The 2005 Mazda Miata/Mx-5 Convertible and the 2005 Mazda RX-8 4-DR w/SAB have the smallest chance of rollover out of passenger cars in a single vehicle crash at 7% (2).
  • There are nearly 2 million injury-causing automobile accidents each year (3).
  • The majority of injury-causing automobile accidents are either frontal or side crashes (3).
  • More than 10,000 people die each year in rollover accidents (3).
  • Safety belts can reduce the chance of being killed in a rollover accident by up to 75 percent (3).
  • The purpose of safety belts is to keep a person inside of a vehicle and reduce the risk of hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield (3).
  • The Anti-lock Brake System prevents the wheels of a vehicle from locking, enabling the driver to have greater steering control (3).
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps allow drivers to control their vehicles during extreme steering maneuvers (3).
  • A tire is severely underinflated if its pressure is 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire inflation pressure (3).
  • A tire is severely underinflated if its pressure is 25 percent below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire inflation pressure (3).
  • Frontal air bags do not eliminate the need for safety belts and typically do not offer protection for rollovers, side-impact, or rear-end accidents (3).
  • More than 5,000 people are killed each year in major truck-related accidents (4).
  • More than 110,000 people are injured in large truck-related accidents each year (4).
  • Motorcyclists are nearly 21 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident and 4 times as likely to be injured (5).
  • Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death by 29% and are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries for motorcycle riders (5).
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for all Americans ages two to 33 (6).
  • 117 people are killed daily in motor vehicle accidents (6).
  • Over 500 children under the age of four, 487 children between the ages of four and seven, and more than 1,600 children ages eight to fifteen are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year (6).
  • Occupant rollover deaths accounted for 10,553 fatalities in 2006 (6).
  • SUV rollover deaths increased by nearly ten percent between 2005 and 2006 (6).
  • Motorcycle deaths have increased by 89% since 1997 and by 8% since 2005 (6).
  • More than half of those killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2004 were not protected by a seat belt (6).
  • Motor vehicle accidents cost an estimated $230 billion annually in property and productivity loss, medical and emergency bills, and other related expenses (6).
  • Every American effectively pays a crash tax of $792 each year to cover the cost of motor vehicle accidents (6).
  • Seat belts are credited with preventing 11,900 deaths and 325,00 serious injuries annually (6).
  • 55% of passengers who have died in automobile accidents were not wearing seat belts (6).
  • The use of belt-positioning booster seats lowers the risk of injury to children in accidents by 59% compared to the use of vehicle seat belts (6).
  • In over 5,000 child passenger deaths, more than 60% of the children who have been killed were riding in the car driven by an impaired driver (6).

 

Cited Sources:

  1. Stoller, Gary (2000). Formula Predicts Rollover Risk. Retrieved on May 18, 2006.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2005). Model Year 2005 Rollover Ratings. Retrieved May 18, 2006.
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2006). Buying a Safer Car. Retrieved on May 18, 2006.
  4. Public Citizen. (February 2006). Trucker Hours-of-Service Rule Creates Hazard, Allows Drivers on Road for Too Many Hours, Safety Groups and Teamsters Tell Court. Retrieved on May 18, 2006.
  5. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. (2005). Fact Sheet: Motorcycle Helmets. Retrieved on May 18, 2006.
  6. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. (2006). 2006 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws. Retrieved on May 18, 2006.