Rollover accidents can be some of the most serious, flipping vehicles entirely out of control and sending them careening into stationary objects in unexpected ways. Any accident brings a risk of injury, but a rollover introduces all sorts of components that other wrecks may not. So, how can you prevent them?
Be wary of curves. Rollovers are often connected to the car’s center of gravity, which can shift in a curve.
Slow down. Taking a curve too fast makes the shift more dramatic and increases the chances that the car will roll.
Watch out for hazards on the road. Statistics show that a full 95 percent of these crashes happen when the vehicle “trips” on something, like a pothole or a curb.
Check your tires to make sure they stay properly inflated. If they’re not, they can raise the risks. Many new cars come with on-board sensors that will tell you if a tire’s air pressure drops too far.
If possible, invest in a new vehicle. Older cars may not have things like electronic stability control systems, which are designed to prevent accidents. The technology in new cars is not just for show. It makes them safer.
Avoid country roads. A full 75 percent of rollover crashes happen on country roads and in rural areas. Speed limits tend to be at least 55 miles per hour, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that these roads also tend not to have barriers and are usually undivided highways.
Were you injured in a rollover crash in which you were the passenger? If so, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the driver to help cover the cost of injury, time out of work, and more.
Source: Consumer Reports, “Car rollover 101,” accessed April 06, 2017