How You Can Survive a Rollover Crash

How You Can Survive a Rollover Crash

A Fatal Problem

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 35% of all traffic fatalities involve rollover crashes. As these are largely unpredictable, it is crucial for all motorists to know what they can do if their vehicle begins to flip.

Rollover Crash Prevention

Rollover crashes can have many causes, and while there is no definitive answer on how they can be eradicated, it is still important for you to know how to prevent them when you can. Here are some prevention steps you can take.

Slow Down When Taking Corners or Turning

Most exits and turnarounds have speed limits because drivers are more likely to lose control when the vehicle is at high speeds on a curve. Making sure that you start slowing down before you get to the turn could be the difference between flipping your vehicle and not.

Avoid Making Your Vehicle Too Top-Heavy

Placing too heavy of loads on the roof of your vehicle could come with some dangerous consequences, especially if not properly secured. The best way to combat this is to only load to the weight the manufacturer recommends — and understand that it will vary depending on your vehicle type. For example, a smaller coupe will not be able to sustain as much weight as a large SUV.

Use Your Wheel

As scary as it sounds, when you feel the vehicle start to tilt, you will want to remain calm and turn (not jerk) the steering wheel in the direction it’s tilting (yes, you read that correctly). Doing this effectively may help the vehicle stay upright and prevent a potentially fatal situation.

What to Do While in Motion

The last thing you might be thinking about when your vehicle is rolling is doing a step-by-step process; however, doing so might save your life. Remember these three things if your vehicle starts uncontrollably rolling:

  • Try not to brace against the steering wheel, as the airbags and shattering could pose more harm to you.
  • If possible, try to keep your head and neck supported in a straight position.
  • When the vehicle is no longer in motion, turn off the engine, try to exit through a window or door, and move away from the vehicle to call 911.

It’s no secret that rollover crashes can be terrifying for even the most seasoned driver, but doing what you can to avoid these kinds of accidents could be life-saving. If your rollover crash was caused by someone else’s negligence on the road, call (870) 330-0015 to schedule a consultation with Easley & Houseal, PLLC and get on the path to recovery.


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