Georgia Rollover Accident Attorneys Address Methods For Avoiding Rollover Crashes
Rollover crashes have a higher fatality rate than many other types of crashes. That is why it is critically important that drivers understand ways to avoid situations that could cause a rollover accident. Additionally, car owners might wish to explore new technologies that could increase their chances of surviving such serious accidents. Car manufacturers are implementing new safety measures that wil hopefully make cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs less susceptible to rollover accidents while also protecting the vehicles’ occupants in the event of collisions.
Drivers Can Protect Themselves From Rollover Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated the causes of rollover wrecks and ways to avoid them. Curtailing reckless driving behaviors is one clear means to prevent a rollover accident. Most of the ideas espoused by the NHTSA have wider applications than merely preventing rollover crashes. For instance, drivers should not travel at excessive speeds, after consuming alcohol, or while distracted. Each of those suggestions is a mandate for safe driving in any event, including preventing rollover accidents.
Drivers can also learn better driving techniques that will assist with avoiding a rollover situation. Panic steering in response to an emergency situation is a common cause of a rollover accident. Over steering on an interstate, even if obeying the speed limits, can create a scenario where the car can flip. In fact, even over correcting just once can cause the vehicle to turn sideways. Since the wheels cannot roll when traveling sideways, they get stuck in the pavement or go off the road into the soft areas and the car “trips” over them. The NHTSA suggests easing the car back into position instead of violently jerking the wheel in a desperate attempt to recover. Also, drivers must pay particular attention while driving on rural roads. Nearly 75 percent of all rollover crashes happen on rural roads.
Drivers should be attentive to the condition of the vehicle they are driving and the load they are carrying. Drivers must give particular attention to the condition of their tires. Soft tires can lead to rollover crashes due to tire failure. Additionally, worn tires can cause slippage that may result in a rollover accident. Furthermore, the weight of any loads the vehicle is carrying must be within the capacity limitations of the vehicle and the weight of the load must be evenly distributed across the cargo area.
Technological Advances Can Reduce Rollover Risk Or Prevent Death And Serious Injury
Newer vehicles have many highly advanced safety features, but one in particular that is currently installed in more modern cars is electronic stability control. This feature prevents over-steering by keeping the car pointed in the direction the driver would like it to go. The feature is beneficial in situations when a driver engages in panic steering in response to an emergency situation. The electronic steering control will prevent spinning out, which is the loss of control of the rear wheels of the vehicle and plowing out, or loss of control over the front of the car. The system engages to prevent vehicles from rolling over caused by over-steering.
Another popular safety feature is the rollover airbag. Rollover airbags deploy like curtains for the side of the car. They cushion blows to the head and could also serve to keep passengers within the car as they flail about during a rollover incident.
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