In 2007, 35.7% of fatal SUV crashes were caused by a rollover accident. That same year, just 15.8% of fatal passenger car accidents were caused by a rollover accident. What this statistic points out is the fact that SUVs are much more likely to rollover than vehicles with a lower center of gravity. Compounding the issue is the fact that SUVs often carry heavy loads, which make them even more top-heavy and therefore more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.
Rollover accidents are directly related to a vehicle’s stability in turns. A high center of gravity can make a vehicle unstable in fast turns or sharp changes of direction, increasing the odds that the vehicle will tip over once it begins to skid sideways. The problem is worst in 4-wheel-drive pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles which have a higher center of gravity for off-road driving.