Interstate 8 in Mission Valley was the scene of a multi-car accident which started with an overturned SUV and ended with the subsequent collision of two other vehicles. Four ambulances were requested and at least five victims, including a two-year old child, were transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Much of the rollover reporting we’ve heard over the past few years has been specific to SUVs as is the case in this instance. SUVs and vans are more prone to rollovers because their high centers of gravity tend to make them very top-heavy. The chance for rollover increases when there is any sideways force, like making a turn, as this shifts the center of gravity to one side and alters the balance of the vehicle.
It is important to remember, however, that any vehicle, given the right set of conditions, can be subject to rolling over. The most recent data from the National Highway Safety Administration shows that in 2010 there were 328 rollover accidents nationwide. In 50% of those accidents the driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and in 57% of those cases, the driver was wearing a safety belt although the study suggests that alcohol was involved in approximately 30% of those cases.
What can vehicle owners do to prevent the likelihood of being involved in these types of accidents? Consumer Reports has put together a comprehensive set of tips we can all employ to attempt to prevent and survive a rollover:
The thought of getting into any type of accident strikes fear in the heart of most drivers. Dealing with the aftermath of the accident is even more daunting. If you are involved in an accident, you need an advocate from Steinger, Iscoe, and Greene to help you through this stressful time. Contact one of our offices for a free analysis of your case and let us help you get on the road to recovery.
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