How to Avoid Rollover Accidents
While all auto accidents are serious, rollover accidents are particularly devastating and often have tragic consequences. By definition, a rollover occurs when a vehicle tips onto its side or roof at any point during the crash. Throughout the United States, rollovers have repeatedly proved to be the most frequently fatal type of auto accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollover crashes constitute about one-fifth of all fatal crashes, more than 30,000 deaths annually. In addition, the NHTSA found that more than 35 percent of all deaths from passenger crashes are the result of rollovers.
With the effects of a rollover so often fatal, it is important to know which vehicles are especially at risk. Although rollover accidents have decreased overall, small truck rollover crashes have actually been increasing as light trucks, such as Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), become more popular among average Americans. Especially shocking is the prominence of rollover accidents involving only one vehicle. These accidents often result from high speeds or inclement driving conditions. To avoid a potentially harmful rollover accident, follow some of these tips:
- Wear your seatbelt. The importance of a seatbelt absolutely cannot be understated. More than half of all individuals killed in auto accidents in 2014 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of their injury. Using your seatbelt is simply the most effective way to keep yourself safe during a rollover accident.
- To avoid a rollover crash, pay close attention to your speed. In larger vehicles with a higher center of gravity, taking a turn at high speeds puts you at risk of losing control. For vans and SUVs, the majority of rollover accidents occurred in areas with a posted speed limit of more than 55 miles per hour. To ensure your own safety, slow down.
Contact a Wisconsin Rollover Attorney Today
Rollover accidents are traumatic events, and the damage can last a lifetime. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we want to make sure your life returns to normal as soon as possible. Through passionate legal defense and an unwavering commitment to our clients, we have retrieved thousands of dollars to relieve the financial pressure that follows a serious auto accident. Contact us today at (262) 554-6200 for a free consultation with a skilled legal representative.