According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollovers accounted for only 2.1 percent of all accidents in 2010. However, a disproportionate 35 percent of all deaths from passenger-vehicle crashes involved rollovers.
Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and this is never truer than in the context of motor-vehicle wrecks.
These four tips can help you avoid the most common causes of rollovers:
- Do not overcorrect your steering;
- Take an advanced driving course;
- Abide by load limits and tire pressure guidelines;
- And be cautious on rural roads.
Although these tips can reduce your risk of getting in a rollover crash, all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragedy. If you were injured by a drunk, distracted or reckless motorist in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
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Let’s take a closer look at four ways to prevent rollover wrecks:
Do Not Overcorrect Your Steering
This is one of the most common causes of rollover crashes – yet it is one of the easiest to avoid. If you start to drift off the road or onto a shoulder that is covered with gravel or sand, then do not overcorrect your steering; rather, take your foot off the accelerator, and gradually adjust your trajectory back to the road.
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Take an Advanced Driving Course
All drivers should know how to handle their vehicles in any given scenario. However, some of the most dangerous situations are rare, and they can cause a motorist to overcorrect and, as a result, roll over.
An advanced driving course will help you identify dangerous situations, avoid them and react properly in the worst-case scenario. Here are two classes that are available in Louisiana:
- Acadiana Safety Association
Abide by Load Limits and Tire Pressure Guidelines
Many rollovers are due to overloading or not maintaining tire pressure. You should check your tire pressure every three months and whenever you visit a mechanic.
Also, be sure to follow load limits for your particular vehicle or trailer. Consult your owner’s manual for guidelines, and remember: If you place items on the roof of your vehicle, the center of gravity will shift and increase the likelihood of a rollover.
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Be Cautious on Rural Roads
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 75 percent of rollover accidents happen on rural roads. Be cautious when traveling on soft soil and gravel.
Although these four tips will reduce your risk of getting in a rollover accident, nobody can control the actions of other drivers. If you were injured due to a negligent motorist in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
A Lafayette injury attorney from our firm will help you fight for the maximum compensation. Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.
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