A Staff Sergeant assigned to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 11 January 2021 near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, at 0800 local. The Soldier was the front-seat passenger in an approved non-tactical vehicle traveling from Camp Buehring to Camp Arifjan, when it was involved in a mishap that resulted in a rollover. The driver and rear passenger were evaluated at the local hospital for minor injuries. Initial indications were all occupants were wearing seat belts and speed was a factor. The mishap is under investigation.
Since 2016, the Army has experienced an average of 18 GMV mishaps per year. This was the fifth GMV mishap of FY21 and slightly above the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year.
All types of vehicles can experience a rollover, but SUVs have a taller design, giving them a higher center of gravity and therefore more top heavy. While rollovers are a relatively rare type of car accident, they’re often more dangerous.
Watch your speed while driving an SUV. It’s very dangerous for any type of vehicle to be speeding, but research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speed and approximately three-quarters of all fatal rollovers occur in areas where the speed limit is at least 55 mph.
SUVs have a more difficult time going around curves or handling sudden driving moves than smaller cars, so being mindful of your speed will go a long way in protecting yourself and your passengers. Don’t think that just because you’re doing a simple driving maneuver that you’re not at risk for a rollover accident. According to NHTSA, over 90% of all fatal single-vehicle rollover crashes involved routine driving maneuvers such as going straight or navigating a curve.