Recently, a 27-year-old woman was killed, and her two young children were injured in a rollover accident. None of the three were wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from the vehicle. Fortunately, there things you can do to increase your chances of surviving a rollover accident. As Nashville auto accident lawyers, we want to offer advice for preventing and surviving a rollover accident.
- Wear your seat belt. While an estimated 86 percent of Tennesseans wear their seat belts, more than half of the people killed in automobile accidents in our state were not wearing their seat belts. Your seat belt will keep you in your seat and most importantly, in the vehicle. Nearly 75 percent of people ejected from vehicles do not survive.
- Be careful how you load your vehicle. Do not put heavy loads on the roof of your vehicle. Also, avoid overloading a vehicle, particularly if it is an SUV or pickup. Overloading will decrease the vehicle’s stability. If you must travel with heavy loads, put the heaviest items on the floor, near the center of the vehicle.
- Check your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and in good shape. When replacing your tires, get tires similar to the vehicle’s original tires.
- Store items which may become projectiles in the glove box, trunk, or another place where they are less likely to fly and hit you or a passenger during a wreck. This might mean limiting the toys and other items to keep the kids entertained on a long trip.
- Avoid alcohol when driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of fatal rollover accidents involved alcohol.
- Watch your speed. Speed is a factor more often in fatal rollover accidents than in non-fatal rollover accidents.
Many of these tips will help you prevent or survive any type of accident. Unfortunately, accidents caused by other drivers do sometimes happen, even when you are a careful driver. If you were injured in an automobile accident, contact us right away.