Skip to main content

Do Everything You Can to Avoid A Rollover

Rollover accidents are among the worst for occupants of a vehicle. Although rollovers account for only 3 percent of all serious crashes, they are responsible for roughly 30 percent of fatalities.

Any vehicle can roll over, but taller, narrower vehicles (e.g., SUVs, pickups, and vans) are more susceptible since they have a higher center of gravity and tend to be more top heavy. In addition, rounding a curve or a sudden turn at the wrong speed- or overcorrecting for a sudden turn- renders these vehicles more vulnerable to weight shifts that, when combined with gravity, can lead to rollovers.

Steering maneuvers aren't the primary cause of single-vehicle rollovers, however. Bumping into a curb at significant speed, striking a pothole, or two wheels countering a soft roadside shoulder can cause a vehicle to "trip." The government estimates that 95 percent of rollovers are due to "trips".

Drivers have a say in minimizing rollover danger. Avoid placing heavy loads on the roof or otherwise overloading the vehicle, which intensifies weight shifts that result in rollovers.

Wear seatbelts. Nearly three-quarters of those ejected from the vehicle in a rollover don't live to tell the tale. Excessive speed makes rollovers more severe and is a factor in approximately 40 percent of fatal rollovers.

Replacement tires should be similar to the originals and be inflated per manufacturer recommendations. When purchasing a vehicle, choose one with state-of-the-art safety features, such as electronic stability control and side airbags.

If you have been the victim of a rollover accident due to the negligence of another, contact The Law Office of William J. Luse to get your representation!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Questioned by the Police? - Don't Forget Your Rights

One of the special things about our country's criminal justice system is that if you are suspected or accused of committing a crime, you have certain fundamental rights. Unfortunately though, many people aren't aware of their rights, or, in the head of the moment, they forget about those rights.

For instance, citizens who find themselves being questioned and in police custody may not even be aware that they have a basic fundamental right to have an attorney present any time they are being questioned by any branch of law enforcement.

Truth is, having an attorney present if you are being quested is vitally important.

Why is that?

For one thing, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you from incriminating yourself, can make sure that you don't answer questions that are designed to trick you, and can keep officers from asking the same question over and over again. Bottom line - having a criminal defense attorney on your side can help make sure that you don't ma…

Your Rights When You're Pulled Over for a Supected DUI

Fact is, most people don't even know their rights if they're pulled over! Here's a quick list of the most important rights you need to know and how the conversation may go if you are pulled over:

"Do you know why I pulled you over?" It's typically the first thing you'll hear. It's also deliberately designed to get you to admit to certain behavior. Be polite and simply ask, "Why do you ask?" and then wait for a response. Do not comment. That phrase "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law" is truer than you'll ever know, trust us.

"Have you had anything to drink tonight?" If you truthfully have had nothing to drink that night, say, "No." If you've had something to drink, you don't have to share that information! Telling the officer that you've been drinking will be evidence used against you. Instead, say, "I have no statement to make." While it may seem unnatura…

Full Custody, Joint Custody, and Sole Custody - What You Need to Know

We figured it might be helpful to produce a short article that summarizes the key differences among different types of custody.

Full custody: this means that one parent is granted the majority of custody time and legal rights for the child.

Joint custody: in this situation, the parents can split the physical custody of the child, and then have just one of the parents handle the legal custody (and, as a result, make any major decisions on behalf of the child). More common is to have parents share legal custody and then have one parent awarded physical custody. True joint custody arrangements, in which parents share both physical and legal custody equally, tend to be rare because of the logistical and personal issues involved (scheduling, added stress, disruption of the child's routine, costs, etc.)

Sole custody: this means that one parent is awarded full legal and physical custody. These arrangements are rare, and are typically only set up if one parent is deemed unfit or whose conduc…