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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are almost 300,000 rollover accidents that happen every year in this country. More than 10,000 people are killed in these accidents, with countless others seriously injured. The most susceptible vehicles for rollover accidents are SUVs and pickup trucks. The reason these vehicles are at a greater risk than sedans for rollovers is because they have a higher center of gravity.

Just how much difference does the type of vehicle you are in make? In one year, more than 30 percent of rollover accident fatalities involved an SUV, 20 percent more than sedan rollover fatalities.

The cause of rollover accidents has to do with how stable a vehicle is while turning. The relationship of the vehicle’s center of gravity combined with the distance that is between the right and left wheels of the vehicle has a great deal to do with that stability. If the vehicle has a high center of gravity and narrow wheel distance, the more unstable it may be when attempting to make sharp or fast turns. The design of SUVs and pickup trucks make them especially vulnerable to rollovers, and to compound that danger, these vehicles often carrying large loads, which greatly increases the rollover risk even more.

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