A Blackfoot resident was involved in a fatal rollover crash last week. Idaho State Police reported the car accident on northbound Interstate 15 near Pocatello. A car went off the right shoulder of the road and rolled. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the car accident. Both northbound lanes of I-15 were blocked for about two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
How to Avoid a Rollover Crash
Serious injuries or death usually result from a rollover crash. As the driver, there are several things you can do to avoid a rollover car accident.
- Always remember to wear a seatbelt. Also, make sure all passengers in the vehicle are wearing a seat belt. Over 65 percent of rollover fatalities in 2010 were largely due to drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt.
- Leave enough space between cars. Always leave driving distance between you and the car in front of you. Doing so will ensure you have enough time to stop or move in the event of an emergency.
- Never drive drunk. Even a good driver cannot perform when intoxicated. Driving intoxicated causes the driver to make unplanned turns, swerving between lanes etc which can lead to a rollover crash.
- Watch road conditions. If the temperature has dropped below freezing, be extra cautious of black ice. When roads are wet or slick, slow down. Road conditions play a huge roll in many rollover crash accidents.
- Reduce speed before a turn. A major reason for a rollover crash is taking a turn too fast. Vehicles will start to swerve sideways if going too fast for a turn.
- Be aware of the height of your vehicle. Taller vehicles will have a greater tendency to top over and roll due to their height. It may be a good idea to choose a vehicle with a low center of gravity and a stable base.
- Balance your tires often. Always have your tires checked and your vehicle well maintained to avoid any kind of car accident.
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