A rollover accident is the scariest and most life-threatening kind of accident you could have. Unlike your favorite action movie, we are fortunate in that rollovers rarely happen. However, when they do occur, vehicle passengers are faced with the prospect of serious injuries, or worse. We here at Pete Solis Collision never wish to see any of our neighbors, friends, or family go through such a horrific accident as this. But, we want everybody to know how to react in case it does ever happen to you.
1.Get ready for the rollover.
As soon as you feel your vehicle start to tip, you can take a few precautions. Reduce your risk of breaking your ankles by removing your feet from the vicinity of the pedals. Let go of the steering wheel. Cross your arms against your chest to reduce the risk of internal torso injuries. Press backward into the seat—never lean forward because of the risk of traumatic brain injuries and arm fractures.
2.Stabilize your body after the rollover.
Once your car has stopped moving, brace your feet against the floor (if possible). Try to breathe normally and remain calm. Check yourself for major injuries. Use your hands to check for head, neck, and face injuries. If applicable, ask your passengers if they have sustained injuries.
3.Getting out of the car.
Turn off the engine, but don’t unbuckle your seatbelt right away. Getting free of an overturned vehicle is actually a major cause of injuries in rollover crashes. Place one hand on the ceiling, which will now be on the ground, and brace yourself. Keep your feet stabilized on the floor, and then unbuckle your seatbelt. Once you’re safely seated on the ceiling, look around to figure out the safest exit strategy. If possible, open a door or roll down a window. If necessary, kick a window out or use the metal prongs on the removable headrest to break the window. Once you and all passengers are safely out of the car, move away from it just in case of a fire. Remember to call 911 or have someone else do it for you!
Keep in mind that these steps are assuming there are no debilitating injuries of the driver or any passengers. If any persons have suffered from traumatic injuries from the rollover accident, best practice is not to move them from the vehicle, unless there is a threat of a gas leak or other immediate danger. Let First Responders remove incapacitated passengers.
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