San Antonio police say two men escaped serious injury when the SUV they were in hit a utility pole and flipped over onto its roof. The rollover crash occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the intersection of Ingram and Callaghan roads. Police say that distracted driving may have played a role in the crash and are investigating.
While any vehicle has the potential to roll over under certain circumstances, SUVs (sport utility vehicles) carry a much higher risk of flipping over. This is because these vehicles are narrower and taller than sedans and other types of passenger vehicles, and they have a higher center of gravity.
SUV rollovers are particularly dangerous for any passengers in the vehicle. While rollover accidents account for only three percent of serious accidents, they are responsible for approximately 30 percent of all vehicle passenger fatalities. Many occupants are violently thrown inside the vehicle when it flips over, often causing serious injuries to the head and neck. If the victim is not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, there is also an elevated risk of being flung from the SUV, an event that is often always catastrophic....