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									10 Ways to Prevent Rollover
    Accident Injuries
 Car accidents are devastating no matter
  what type they are, but rollover accidents
  can cause numerous injuries and be
  particularly deadly at the same time.
  Rollover accidents occur when the vehicle’s
  center of gravity is thrown off and the car
  turns either on its side, its roof, or
  completely over.
 While any car can be involved in a rollover
  accident, trucks, SUV’s, minivans and
  other larger vehicles with high gravity
  centers and narrow wheel bases are the
  most vulnerable.
Knowing the causes of rollover accidents
 can help drivers avoid scenarios likely to
 cause them, and protect themselves from
 injury, vehicle repairs, and even death in
 the process.

Preventing Rollover Accidents

While no prevention method is fool-proof,
 there are steps you can take to reduce
 the likelihood of being involved in a
 rollover accident.
1. Seat Belts Save Lives – 2010
 statistics site that 65 percent of vehicle
 occupants who were killed in automobile
 accidents were not wearing seat belts. If
 the vehicle does roll, these passengers or
 drivers are more prone to be tossed
 about or even thrown from the vehicle if
 it rolls. Be sure you and all your
 companions are buckled in for safety.
2. Vehicle Maintenance – Unbalanced
 tires can make a vehicle unstable and
 easily throw off its center of balance. Be
 sure to check your tires regularly, rotate
 them when needed, and keep them
 inflated to recommended amounts.
 3. Slow Down while Turning – The most
  common cause of rollover accidents are
  taking sharp turns at a fast speed. This can
  lead to tipping which will cause accidents.
  Be cautious on roads you are unfamiliar with
  and slow down on sharper turns.
 4. Be Aware of Road Conditions –
  Changing weather can make roads wet,
  snowy, or icy, and all drivers need to be
  aware of these conditions and adapt their
  driving habits to match them. This will keep
  you and other cars on the road safe.
5. Keep Space Between Cars – keep
 enough space between your vehicle and
 the other cars on the road to give
 yourself time to react if the other drivers
 make erratic moves or are forced to
 react to road condition changes. Driving
 defensively saves lives.
6. Don’t Drink and Drive – This is a
 suggestion to prevent all accidents, not
 just rollover ones. Drinking makes
 drivers erratic and affects judgment,
 making a person slow down and unable
 to make the kind of snap decisions
 needed during vehicle operation. Sober
 drivers are safer, so refrain from driving
 after you’ve been drinking, and take the
 keys from friends who are drinking so
 they can’t drive.
As mentioned above, no prevention
 method is fool-proof and at some point
 you could be involved in a rollover
 accident. If you find yourself in this
 situation, there are things you can do to
 keep yourself safe after a rollover has
7. Brace Yourself – oftentimes you can
 sense when the vehicle is about to go
 over. If this happens, remove feet from
 the pedals, release the steering wheel
 and press your body hard against the
Experts suggest crossing arms over your
 chest if you can remember it, but overall
 the important thing is to stay upright and
 not lean forward during the rollover.
8. Check for Injuries – once the
 vehicle has stopped, keep calm and
 check the condition of yourself and your
 passengers. Run hands gently over your
 face, hair, arms and body to check for
 blood, glass fragments, or other injuries
 that will need to be attended too. If you
 have a cell phone, call 911 immediately
 to report any injuries and request
9. Exit Carefully – If you and your
 passengers are for the most part
 uninjured, you can try to exit the vehicle
 despite what position it’s in. If you are
 upright, unbuckle and exit normally, but
 if you are suspended make sure you
 brace your feet against something to
 stabilize and prevent yourself from
 falling. Most injuries in rollovers actually
 occur when people release their
 seatbelt’s prematurely without securing
 themselves from falling first.
10. Watch Traffic – even after you
 emerge from the vehicle, you still need
 to pay attention to other cars around
 you. Numerous drivers have survived
 crashes to be hit by vehicles upon
 emerging from the site. Stay off the road
 as you wait for assistance to arrive.
Following these steps will hopefully keep
 you, your loved ones, and other drivers
 safe from rollover accidents, and prevent
 injuries should you be involved in one.
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