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The Dangers of Roll-Over Crashes

In the course of a car accident, a vehicle can roll or flip over. This greatly endangers people both in the vehicle and outside of it. The vehicle may skid into the path of oncoming traffic or leave the road entirely; if they aren't wearing a seat belt, the people inside face a significant risk of getting ejected.

If you skim through recent Florida news reports, you'll likely find stories involving roll-over accidents. For instance, a man in Delray Beach hit a tractor trailer with his car, which then rolled over; he wound up dying on the scene. In another roll-over accident, this one in Lake Worth, two people sustained serious injuries.

According to Safecar.gov, 33% of fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes are a result of roll-overs. However, the good news is that there are reliable ways to reduce your risk of experiencing a roll-over and increase your chances of survival even if a crash does occur.

One of the key ways to improve your chances of survival is to wear a seat belt. As pointed out by SafeCar.gov, you're 75% less likely to die in a roll-over crash if you're wearing a seat belt; children should also be restrained in their seats properly, in an appropriate way for their age. Buckling in takes mere moments. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and don't forget to use a seat belt.

Another way to prevent these crashes is to follow traffic safety laws. Don't speed. Avoid distractions such as texting and, as much as possible, cellphone use. Don't drive while intoxicated. Pay attention to the road and to your own driving.

Some vehicles are more likely to roll over during a crash; these include SUVs. Other times, you have much less control over the circumstances leading up to a roll-over crash, as the accident may be a result of another driver's actions.

If you experience a roll-over crash, be sure to contact us. A reputable Stuart, FL car accident lawyer can help you cope with medical bills and the costs of property damage in the aftermath.