Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Accidents
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney. The safety of motor vehicles has advanced a long way from its infancy decades ago. Now, cars have improved safety features, such as electronic stability control (ESC), that are designed to prevent accidents from occurring. A significant amount of improvement has been made in the area of rollover accidents and vehicles tipping when they take curves.
There are many different types of auto accidents, ranging from fender benders to multi-vehicle pile-ups. A rollover accident is typically a single car accident that occurs when a vehicle flips from having its wheels on the pavement to resting on its roof (or having multiple revolutions arise). These can be severe accidents that could lead to significant traumatic injuries and bone fractures, such as femur fractures. There are many ways that a rollover accident might occur. However, most of these have to do with the force exerted on the vehicle. Most of these accidents happen when a car takes a turn too quickly. In this scenario, a vehicle is traveling too fast around a curve. When this happens, the forces on the car are no longer balanced, and the wheels of the vehicle begin to leave the ground. This momentum continues, and the car flips. Depending on the abruptness of the curve, the vehicle could flip multiple times. These have the potential to be serious accidents that might result in wrongful death. The idea behind the electronic stability control is to alert the driver to the situation and help prevent the rollover from occurring. Similar to the lane departure assist and cross-traffic alert systems, the goal is to strive for improved safety for the driver and the passengers. A recent study was conducted to analyze rollover accidents in the wake of these advanced electrical systems.