Posted on Car Accident Law Blog / What Wind Speed Does it Have to Be to Flip Over a Car?
Page Updated 12/12/2021
California faces a lot of high winds throughout the year due to Santa Ana winds that flow from the high to a low-pressure area.
When the wind turns into a tornado, it can rip apart roofs, lift cars, and leave destruction in its path resulting in millions of dollars in losses and damages.
What’s even more saddening is how property owners file claims to get money for repairs but end up getting a small sum from the unfair insurance company.
If you’ve got a lowball offer from insurers, you must immediately contact the car crash lawyers at Ehline Law to file a lawsuit against the insurance company.
This question does not have a simple answer as several factors come into play supporting or going against high wind speeds. A typical car might struggle to maintain balance during a wind storm and may get flipped over due to strong winds. However, a vehicle with enough weight inside it may not display the same results.
Besides weight, the center of gravity also plays a role in whether or not your vehicle might get flipped over due to headwinds. A high center of gravity makes it easier for a high wind gust to tip a vehicle over, but winds might struggle to tip over a vehicle with a low center of gravity.
Then there is the case for air pressure, which can assist strong winds in lifting your vehicle. If you’re driving fast, the downward air pressure under your car can result in your car lifting the ground or tipping over sideways.
RVs can withstand a certain force created by constant air pressure while driving the RV. However, crossing what an RV can defy limits can tip the vehicle in certain situations.
RVs driving in a straight line on a highway with strong winds is not a huge concern as the RVs can withstand it. However, winds coming from the side can become a big problem for an RV and other vehicles. High-speed sideways winds and a moving vehicle are two variables that work well in tipping a car and can flip RVs driving fast.
A stationary RV does not tip over that easily since it is heavy. Still, it does take a lot of battering from wind damage at high speeds where individuals can see patio furniture and other objects getting hurled.
A couple of scientists conducted a study that monitored increasing high winds and how it affects stationary vehicles. The study showed that head winds with wind speeds of up to 115 miles per hour do not tip over vehicles, however crossing the 115 miles per hour mark, the results are much different. Touching 180 miles per hour, any stationary or in motion vehicle has an increased chance of tipping over.
Before leaving home, watch the bad weather report for any high wind warning as a wind advisory can help you avoid any adverse situation beforehand. A perfect storm is more than enough to wreak havoc on your home and cars, so make sure that you’ve parked your vehicle in a safe place to avoid any further damage to other vehicles or homes.
The U.S. National Weather Service provides wind traveling “Advisories” before and during high winds are expected. A Wind Advisory, for example, alerts viewers that gusts of up to 45 mph or sustained hour-long winds of 30 mph or above are expected in 36 hours. A High Wind Watch will let you know if sustained winds of 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or above are expected in the coming 12 to 48 hours.
Even a low-speed wind of 30 mph with heavy rain is powerful enough to fling small objects around through the rainwater and dangerous, slippery road debris. It’s safer not to drive behind the wheel when difficult wind warnings about road conditions and problems when the distance is far away. Drivers risk blowing off the road and losing vehicle control if they go for a spin during the panic of stormy, rainy weather.
Advisory is one type of warning issued by the National Weather Service to provide an overview of what may be expected from a severe storm, such as tornadoes, hurricanes. When you see flying cattle and cars take flight into the wind funnel, it may already be too late to avoid being struck by rolled over or jackknifed commercial trucks.
That’s right, if you think passenger cars are at risk after a bad weather report, wait till a fifth wheel diesel-powered tractor-trailer tips over or larger vehicles are blown over a cliff off the road surface area. A rolled-over truck with its roof crushed and windows blown out with a spilled load blocking all lanes of travel is a recipe for a windy, multiple-car pile-up collision on the Fujita Scale.
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