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Causes of rollover accidents in California

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents |

California has more than 27 million licensed drivers. And with so many drivers, it’s not surprising that motor vehicle accidents are common. You might even see or experience a rollover accident during your time behind the wheel. Several situations can cause rollover accidents to occur.

Imbalanced vehicle on a steep road

Roads in steep and hilly areas usually slope to the right or to the left. If a vehicle leans too far over to one side, the vehicle might capsize. This is more likely to occur with a large vehicle like a semi-truck. A semi-truck that has properly balanced cargo is less likely to have a rollover accident.

Making a high-speed turn

Turning while also going fast is a common cause of rollover motorcycle accidents. The wheels can lose contact with the pavement and send the motorcycle tumbling. You might also see this type of accident during professional high-speed races. It’s safer to slow down slightly before making a turn.

Swerving to avoid an animal

An animal can suddenly appear on the road and take a driver by surprise. If the vehicle is moving fast, the driver might not have time to stop. This can result in the driver swerving to avoid hitting the animal. The swerve can cause the vehicle to have a rollover accident.

Driving while distracted

Distracted driving is a cause of several types of accidents, including rollovers. Anything that takes your attention away from the road can lead to an accident. It takes only a second to lose focus and get into trouble behind the wheel.

Avoid rollover accidents

Some accidents are unavoidable, but rollover accidents are often preventable. Paying attention on the road and driving safely can make the streets safer for everyone.