The important thing to consider, however, is how to survive rollover crashes and avoid the terrible injuries so often associated with them. A few things to think over include:
Choice of vehicle: A recent study by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) shows that a vehicle’s roof strength is a key factor in the severity of injuries sustained in rollover crashes. Mid-size SUVs are generally stronger than passenger cars, and do not have the higher center of gravity of larger SUVs, pick-ups, and vans that tend to roll over more easily.
Recent model: Newer cars are outfitted with multiple airbags and electronic stability control (ESC) systems that have proven to be a critical factor in reducing rollover injuries and accidents.
Safety belt: About half of all rollover fatalities occur when people are partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. Being firmly strapped to the seat is the best way to survive.
Check the load: If you have decided to travel with a full carload of passengers and most of your outdoor gear on the roof, you need to change your way of driving. Your vehicle won’t behave as it usually does, since it has become top-heavy.
Don’t speed: Excessive speed is at the origin of most rollover accidents, and rollovers almost never happen at low speed.
Rollovers, like many traffic accidents, can have terrible consequences and shatter the lives of those who fall victim to the negligence or carelessness of another individual. For the survivors, sometimes severely injured, healing and recovering will be a long process, which can only be successful if they obtain full and just compensation for their pain, suffering, and losses.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in the state of Florida, call the attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert today toll free at (800) 556-8890 and locally at (386) 673-4412, or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation.