A Lancaster rollover accident—one in which the car rolls over—is very dangerous and often results in serious injuries or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 more than a third of all passenger vehicle accident fatalities involved rollover crashes. More than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes; 69 percent were not wearing seat belts.
These statistics are sobering, but there are things you can do to prevent a rollover accident or at least reduce your risk of serious injury:
- Wear your seat belt to prevent being tossed around or ejected from the vehicle in the event of a Lancaster car accident.
- Choose a newer vehicle with up-to-date safety systems such as electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags.
- Follow manufacturer load ratings to avoid overloading your vehicle. Place the heaviest items or loads low on the floor and as close to the center of the vehicle as you can.
- Check your tires to ensure they are in good shape and inflated according to manufacturer recommendations. If you have to replace the tires, do so with tires that are similar to the originals.
- Follow the speed limit and pay close attention to your driving, especially on rural roads.
Rollover accidents are potentially deadly. By following the tips listed above, you will greatly reduce your risk of a rollover wreck. If you have been injured due to the negligent or careless acts of another driver, contact a skilled Harrisburg car crash lawyer at Schmidt Kramer. The number is 888-476-0807 and the case evaluation is free. You may also wish to download a free copy of our book Who Pays the Bills When You Are Injured in an Automobile Accident? for more information. Give us a call today—we can help!