Abstract

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that injuries and fatalities in rollover continue to be a serious problem out of proportion with the relative frequency of such incidents. (Summers, 1997) On average, 7,797 annual rollover involved fatalities were reported by the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS), between 1988 and 1994. There were also between 43,000 and 58,000 annual rollover involved incapacitating injuries between 1988 and 1994, as reported by NASS GES. Approximately 16 percent of serious injuries to passenger car occupants and 42 percent of serious injuries to light truck occupants occurred in vehicles that rolled over. Light trucks, including vans, experienced the highest rollover involvement rate, 25.9 percent, compared to 15.3 percent for passenger cars.

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