Rollover crashes are one of the least common types of car accidents but one of the most dangerous. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, rollover car accidents cause approximately one-third of all motor vehicle accident fatalities. Unlike other types of car accidents, rollover crashes don’t necessarily involve another car. However, rollover car accidents are preventable.
Here are a few driving safety tips to help you avoid rollover car accidents:
Safety Features: There are cars that come with new technology designed to help reduce the rate of rollover crashes. Features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and side-curtain airbags have proven to effectively reduce the number of rollover crashes. ESC reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle rollover crashes by 75% for SUVs and 72% for cars.
Wearing Your Seat Belt: Like any other accident, in the event of a car rollover accident, seat belts are one of the best forms of protection. When a car rolls over, passengers can easily be thrown around inside the vehicle if their seat belt isn’t buckled. Half of the fatalities related to rollover car accidents happen when a person is thrown from the vehicle, making it always advisable to wear seat belts at all times.
Performing Regular Tire Maintenance: The condition of your tires plays a very important role in a rollover car accident. Check your tire pressure regularly to make sure they are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If the tires need replacement, make sure you get it replaced as soon as possible.
Being Careful When Loading a Vehicle: Most rollover crashes occur with SUVs, vans, buses and trucks due to their design. When you’re loading up a vehicle, make sure the vehicle is not unbalanced. Try to keep the heaviest items close to the ground, near the center of the vehicle and as far back from the tailgate as possible.
Maintaining the Speed Limit: Speed is one of the biggest contributing factors to rollover crashes. Approximately 40% of all rollover car accidents are due to speed. Maintain the speed limit.
Driving Safely: This is the most important factor in avoiding any kind of accident, including rollover crashes. Basic safe driving measures include avoiding drinking and driving, keeping your mind focused on the road and slowing down when navigating curves or turning corners.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, the Reinken Law Firm can help. We have over 30 years of experience representing victims of car accidents. Our personal injury attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us at 203-541-0090.