Car accidents fall into several major categories (whose names are self-explanatory):
* Rear-end collisions
* Rollover accidents
* Head-on collisions
* Single-car accidents
* Railroad crossing accidents
A roll-over accident is a type of car
accident, where a vehicle turns over on its side or roof. This happens when the centre of mass ends up outside of the vehicle area of contact with the ground defined by its wheels.
The main cause for rolling over is turning too sharply while moving too fast. The force of inertia (acting in the direction opposite to the one it is turning) is combined with the force of gravity (acting downwards). When the combined force as applied to the centre of vehicle's mass falls outside of the rectangle formed by the wheels, the vehicle starts to turn over. A skilled driver may stop the fall by stopping the turn. It is possible to drive the car then on two wheels for some time.
All cars are susceptible to rollovers to various extents. Generally, the higher the centre of mass is located, the higher the vehicle is and the faster it goes, the more likely it is to roll over. SUVs are particularly notorious for rolling over. Hummer jeeps, on the other hand, are nearly invulnerable to this type of accident. According to anecdotal evidence, however, it can be rolled in very specific
circumstances and this was done on purpose twice in Israeli army. A driver needs to move backwards very fast and then do a sharp turn, and immediately slam the brakes to block the wheels.
Trucks can often roll over when doing sharp turns and trains can roll over after derailing.
Some four wheel drive pickup trucks have reduced steering capacity to prevent rollover. This creates problems with parking and negotiating very sharp curves.
A vehicle may roll over for other reasons, for example when hitting a large obstacle with one of its wheels, when
maneuvering over uneven terrain, etc.
After the rollover the vehicle may end up lying on the side or on the roof, often blocking the doors and complicating the escape for the passengers. Large passenger vehicles such as buses, trams and trolleybuses that have doors on one side only usually have special windows with handles to pull to use the window as an emergency exit or glaziers fixed near the windows for cutting the glass and making an improvised exit in case of a roll-over
accident. Some have emergency exits in their roofs.
Roll-Over Accidents News
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• Three Injured In Rollover Crash Duluth News Tribune Duluth News Tribune
Duluth News Tribune Three injured in rollover crash Duluth News Tribune Duluth News Tribune A woman and two young children suffered non life threatening injuries in a rollover crash west of Duluth on Wednesday morning. The driver and one of the children were ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that and more raquo
• 2 Killed, 3 Injured In I70 Rollover Crash Near Strasburg FOX31 Denver
FOX31 Denver 2 killed, 3 injured in I 70 rollover crash near Strasburg FOX31 Denver STRASBURG, Colo. Two people were killed and three others were injured in a single vehicle rollover accident on icy Interstate 70 east of Strasburg on Monday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said. The crash happened just after 6 a.m. in the and more raquo
• Rollover Crash Kills One Person At Potomac And Broncos Parkway FOX31 Denver
FOX31 Denver Rollover crash kills one person at Potomac and Broncos Parkway FOX31 Denver ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. The Colorado State Patrol said a single vehicle rollover crash killed one person Saturday night. It happened on South Potomac Street south of Broncos Parkway. Troopers said road closures were in place near the intersection and more raquo
• 4 Dead In Rollover Crash In Kansas Amid Snowy Weather ABC News
ABC News 4 dead in rollover crash in Kansas amid snowy weather ABC News Four people are dead from a single car rollover crash in Kansas today amid snowy weather, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The accident was in a westbound lane of Interstate 70 near Abilene, about 90 miles west of Topeka. The National Weather Service Four killed in rollover crash near AbileneKWCH Four people killed in crash near Abilene are identifiedWichita Eagle all 77 news articles raquo
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