Overturned Propane Truck Highlights the Risks of Rollover AccidentsBy Stewart J. Guss on September 1st, 2017
Houstonians understand the risks presented by rollover accidents. that closed down a Loop 610 ramp drove home the dangers of such accidents. . Even though rollovers comprise only about three percent of all serious vehicle accidents, they are responsible for roughly 30 percent of all passenger vehicle accident fatalities.
While any vehicle can roll over, vehicles that are higher and narrower are at greater risk. The higher a vehicle’s center of gravity, the greater its risk of rolling over in an accident. According to Consumer Reports, most single-vehicle rollovers are caused by “trips,” and not by faulty steering by the driver. Trips include running into a curb, a pothole, or a soft road shoulder. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that
Tips for avoiding a rollover accident
Consumer Reports discusses a number of steps you can take to keep you and your passengers safe from rollover accidents. While some of the tips are more expensive and complicated than others, each step you can take will help decrease your chances of being involved in a rollover accident. They include:
Upgrade your car: Newer vehicles have better quality and safety systems, including electronic stability control and side airbags. Choose a vehicle with the most up-to-date safety systems.
Wear safety belts: Seat belts will help keep you from being thrown about or out of the vehicle in the event of a rollover crash—about half of rollover fatalities occur when people are partly or completely ejected from the vehicle.
Keep the right tire pressure: Make sure all of your tires have proper tread and are inflated to the recommended pressure.
Don’t overload your vehicle: Overloading any vehicle, particularly SUVs and pickups, decreases its stability. Avoid putting heavy loads on the roof, which contribute greatly to instability.
Take it easy on those country roads: Almost three–quarters of fatal rollovers occur in rural areas on roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or more. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those roads tend to be undivided highways without barriers.
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You can do everything right and things will still go wrong. You may be injured in a rollover accident through no fault of your own, with injuries that could be life-long and dramatically impact your quality of life. If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Stewart J. Guss, attorney at law, at 800-898-4877, or send us an email through our .