Face it, something that you never want to experience is a rollover crash. However, please be aware that rollover crashes happen often. As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 280,000 rollover crashes occur annually. These accidents, on average, claim more than 10,000 lives every year!
Just last week, a couple days before Halloween, a 19-year-old Illinois sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in a rollover crash. The crash happened during rush hour around 5:30 p.m. This was a single vehicle accident. At the time of the accident, the young girl was driving westbound when her vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the road. As novice drivers tend to do, this young driver overcorrected her vehicle causing it to overturn numerous times. The vehicle came to rest in the center of the highway. Luckily, this female driver was wearing a seatbelt. On the arrival of emergency crews, the female had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was then flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Given the severity and frequency of rollover crashes, it is important to understand how to avoid these accidents. If you are a victim of an auto accident at the fault of another person, it is imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your resulting damages.
Rollover Crashes and what you should do
In general, pursuant to the Consumer’s Report, if your vehicle is tall and narrow, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, your vehicle is more vulnerable to rolling over. This is because these vehicles have a higher center of gravity, are more top heavy, than smaller cars. In brief, when a vehicle goes around a turn, sideways forces develop shifting the vehicle’s center of gravity to one side and can significantly affect the vehicle’s balance. Of course, these sideways forces are stronger when you are traveling faster around turns or when you overcorrect yourself, similar to the abovementioned incident.
You should take the following steps to best protect yourself from rollovers. First and foremost, it is important to slow down for turns, especially sharp turns.
Second, it is crucial to be aware, and respect, the conditions of the road. For instance, if it is snowing or raining, you should drive slower than normal and, again, slow down for turns.
Third, it is important that you assure that your tires and balanced. You should make sure that your tires are adequately inflated. If your tires are not properly balanced, your vehicle will be imbalanced and more vulnerable to rolling over.
In addition, it is very important that you and your passenger(s) wear a seatbelt. This can prove to be a lifesaver not only in rollover accidents, but accidents in general.
If you or your loved one are the victim of an auto accident at the fault of another, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney will deal with the insurance companies, will get you the medical treatment and attention that you need and will allow you to focus on your recovery. An attorney will also ensure that your case is timely filed pursuant to Illinois’ statute of limitations.
The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are here for you. Our lawyers have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.