Rollover incidents account for many road-related incidents in the country. According to safecar.gov, 2.1% of the nearly 9.1 million car crashes that happened in 2010 were rollovers. Tragically, 35% of passenger deaths, or more than 7,600 fatalities, have been associated with rollovers in the same year.
Although almost all types of cars could be involved in a rollover incident, narrower and taller vehicles are more likely to tip over because of higher center of gravity. Taller and narrower vehicles should not be the only ones insured. Even wider, smaller vehicles should be covered, because they too could be vulnerable to roll over incidents. This can be especially true if your vehicle has a faulty suspension system.
A car’s suspension system is integral in preventing rollover accidents. Car suspension is a system of shock absorbers, springs, and coils that interact with the car’s vertical motion. As you drive your vehicle parallel to the road, your tires may interact with bumps, causing your car’s frame to move upwards. Your car may also move vertically when applying brakes or when maneuvering. The car’s vertical motion while moving horizontally is what causes your car to rollover. With properly manufactured and installed suspension components, your car’s upward motion is effectively minimized, which greatly reduces your chances of getting into a rollover accident.
Consumers should be aware that there are many cars nowadays that are operating with flaws that can somehow cause accidents. Faulty torsion bars, shock absorbers, and coils may all trigger a suspension malfunction that may result in injurious, sometimes even fatal rollover accident. As such, be sure to only install suspension components that have been manufactured within quality standards. Components should also be installed by a professional auto mechanic. Finally, you may want to regularly check your shock absorbers for any leak, telling you that they should be replaced.