Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous types of automobile accidents. Although they are not the most common type of accident, they have been responsible for one-third of all automobile fatalities and 10,000 deaths each year over the past decade, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Auto makers used to revel in, and prominently advertise, the 5-star crash test safety ratings they routinely received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA"). Those ratings encompassed performance standards achieved in gauging safety in front and side impact tests, as well as resistance to and stability in a vehicle rollover.
Commercial truckers ply Maryland highways non-stop and with loads ranging from produce and retail goods to animals and hazardous materials. The sheer volume of commercial trucks on state roads results, predictably, in a large number of truck accidents, many of them rollovers with fatal consequences.