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Pursuing Justice For Accident Victims In Indiana

Dangerous rollover accidents are not confined to 18-wheelers

When you think of a rollover crash, you probably visualize a big rig going over on its side on the freeway and backing up traffic for hours.

However, a rollover can happen to any kind of vehicle, given the right conditions. Still, there are ways to keep your vehicle safe and keep you and your passengers from becoming victims.

Overcorrection and other issues

You might be rounding a curve when sideways forces cause the center of gravity to shift, which may adversely affect the balance of your vehicle. Increasing your speed will only add to the problem. Making too sharp a turn then overcorrecting will also present an opportunity for a rollover. However, a potential rollover is not always caused by some kind of steering maneuver. The wheels of your automobile could also “trip” on something, such as a curb or pothole. The vehicle then leans too far to one side and over you go.

Taking proper precautions

Vehicles that are taller and narrower—vans, pickups and SUVs—are the most likely to go through a rollover accident, so think about safety. Do not place heavy loads on the roof of your van or SUV. Keep loads centered on the floor and as far away from the tailgate as possible. Everyone in the vehicle should wear safety belts; many fatalities occur when occupants are thrown around or ejected. Be especially cautious in rural areas. You may think that most rollovers occur on highways, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, nearly three-quarters of all rollover crashes occur on country roads.

Filing an accident claim

In terms of a vehicle crash, there is little that is more frightening than a rollover. Your injuries could be severe, but you are entitled to full and fair compensation. A personal injury attorney will remind you that there is a statute of limitations in Indiana and that your accident claim must be filed within a certain timeframe, which begins with the date of the rollover incident.

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