Rollovers: Potentially Fatal But Avoidable

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Rollover accidents are easy to avoid. But when they do occur, they can cause serious injuries and fatalities. They can occur on icy roads and during inclement weather, and are more likely to happen on rural roads instead of city streets. Nearly 75 percent of all rollover crashes occur in rural areas, according to Safercar.gov, a website affiliated with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

One example happened in November 2013 near Amarillo, Texas. A 53-year-old man lost control of his pickup, rolled over a curb and rolled the pickup several times. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time, although responders pronounced him dead at the scene. No one wants to become such a casualty.

While on the road, you can take a number of steps to reduce the likelihood that your car will be involved in a rollover accident. Among those steps are:

  • Gradually reduce speed if your vehicle starts to go off the road. Ease your vehicle back on the road only when it is safe to do so.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure. Worn tires limit the ability of drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, and can cause slipping and sliding.
  • Make sure vehicles are loaded properly. Be aware of the maximum safe load for your vehicle.

If rollovers occur, drivers and passengers can face serious injury such as neck, back and spinal injuries. In the worse case, a rollover can cause death. Breaking glass can result in cuts, life-threatening blood loss, nerve damage and scarring. If you are involved in a rollover accident, and if you are able to do so, call police immediately after an accident. If you are able to take photos or a video of the damaged vehicle, you’ll have more evidence on your side.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a rollover accident that may have been the cause of someone’s negligence, you will want to have as much documentation and accounts as possible to help your case. After you take the above steps, you may be ready to meet with a New York attorney to discuss what kind of recourse you can take against the driver or entity that may have been a factor in your rollover.