Accidents can happen at any time, to anyone, and anywhere. Being in a car significantly increases the dangers and damages done in an accident. In the case of head-on crashes, seat belts and airbags provide safety for passengers. Survival rates are also high because of these security apparatus present in vehicles.
However, when it comes to rollover accidents, injuries to passengers are magnified tremendously. Seat belts can become a noose and can strangle and suffocate a passenger. Airbags can also block possible escape routes when survivors attempt to escape an overturned vehicle.
Here are some guidelines to know what to do when in a rollover or potential rollover accident.
Remain calm and assess
Assess your current situation before doing anything else. People often fail to see the area they are in when their vehicle rolls over. A car might be dangling by the edge of a cliff, and some passengers make the mistake of panicking causing unnecessary movement that could cause more injuries.
People should brace for impact should they suspect that their vehicle is about to rollover. Crossing arms over the chest can help reduce force directed to the heart. Bracing is important because it prepares the body to receive unnatural forces that could cause potentially devastating damages.
If properly secured and you are sure that no other hazards are present, attending wounds must become a priority to prevent mortality. Any bleeding body part should be free from excessive bleeding. Excess blood loss can lead to shock and irreversible damage to the human body. If possible, vacate an area before breaking windows to minimize injuries from happening.
Turn off Engine
For drivers of overturned vehicles, turning off the engine is a must. Never underestimate the sound that the engine makes, as it can cause people to panic. If you need to call for help, a vehicle’s horn usually still works even if its engine is turned off. It is also a good idea to call for emergency medical services.
Accidents are the worse that can happen to a motorist. Rollovers, however, can bring more disastrous outcomes. Due to positioning, the risk of potential injuries occurring increases significantly. It is important for survivors to remain calm and assess the situation first before doing anything. Do not panic. People greatly enhance their chances of survival if they stay calm and focus on things that matter the most.