Serious Rollover Crash Injuries and Fatalities Can Be Avoided With One Click
No one wants to be in any type of car crash, but one kind of accident that can be especially scary is the rollover accident. As a car tilts on its side or even does several rolls on the road, passengers can be thrown from the vehicle, tossed around violently inside the car, or left hanging upside down when the car comes to a stop. Although 2010 data shows that only 2.1 percent of car crashes were rollovers, they still accounted for 35 percent of passenger vehicle deaths due to its serious nature.
What Can I Do?
Is there any way you can give yourself a better chance of survival in a rollover accident? Yes! The key? Wear your seat belt. Of the 7,600 people who died in rollover accidents in 2010, 69 percent of them were not wearing their seat belts. It is sad to think about how many of those lives could have been saved had they taken 10 seconds to buckle up before hitting the road. When you do not have your seat belt on in a car crash, one of two things will usually happen: you are going to bounce around the inside of the car and possibly injure not just yourself, but others in the car that are wearing their seat belts, or you are going to be ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the pavement. Neither scenario seems very desirable, right?
The best way to survive a rollover crash, however, is to completely avoid one in the first place. You obviously cannot have control over another driver's bad behavior, but you can do everything in your power to ensure you do not injure yourself or others in a rollover accident.
- If you're driving an SUV, van, or truck, be aware of your car's center of gravity because you are more susceptible to rolling over.
- Be extra cautious when driving in rural areas. The majority of rollover accidents take place in rural areas due to the higher speeds, undivided roads, and lack of barriers.
- Do not drive while you are distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit.
Again, there is not much you can do to stop a negligent driver from causing a car wreck, but you can do your best to be a safe, responsible driver.
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