Can't remember where I looked, but last time (some years back...) the
survivability rate differences for rollover were pretty drastic for pickup
trucks vs Suburbans. The pickup truck rates suggested that if you roll a
pickup, you're basically dead meat.
I'm guessing it's a combination of construction (what the posts are made of) and
the number of posts (4 vs 8).
What I'm wondering is whether having a crew cab mitigates the pickup's numbers
any and if construction has improved any?
I don't believe that pickup construction has improved. I did read a study
that a well constructed fiberglass cap did have the ability to greatly
increase the strength of the vehicle. In a pickup with a crewcab there might
be more strength...but it doesn't appear that the extended cab versions have
much more rididity than a regular.
By the way, I survived a roll over in a pickup...the cab was even with the
bed after the accident.
I think we were both lucky, no thanks to the safety design (or lack thereof)
of the structure.
I was wearing my seat belt and i vividly remember hitting the windshield
with my forehead, then the cold snow poured on me. As the vehicle tumbled
and flipped, I recall thinking to myself "so much for seatbelts, it didn't
help me at all" (this was my thought process rather than the typical life
flashing before ones eyes). Witness' to the accident said the truck first
rolled once then went end over end over five times. What actually was
happening at the time was luckily my seatbelt *did* keep me in the seat; the
windshield simply invaded my space as the cab was being crushed. I survived
with only superficial cuts and scrapes; my wife suffered a broken finger.
My experience happened in 1987; I should mention this was the last time I
ever placed my posterior in a pickup that had a lift kit installed. Today I
drive a 2001 Silverado which to my knowledge is the 4X4 with the lowest
center of gravity of any pickup produced in the United States.
We should all learn by our experiences.
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