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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!


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