Last night, a tire blowout in Dallas resulted in several people being seriously injured during the subsequent rollover.
With seven people on board, the SUV (a 2002 Lincoln Navigator) suffered a blowout on I-30 near Haskell Avenue. The driver lost control, and several passengers were ejected through the rear window onto the interstate. Thankfully, all are alive, albeit injured, and are currently in the care of Dallas hospitals.
Ryan Anderson, a car accident lawyer at the Rasansky Law Firm, knows that SUV’s are especially at risk for rollover during a tire blowout. He encourages drivers to remember several safety tips:
- Remain calm. Easier said than done – however, you can teach yourself not to panic. This is as simple as daily going through a “what if?” scenario in your head and responding with “stay calm.” Should an emergency situation arise, your natural instinct will be to stay calm.
- Hold the steering wheel straight. This is much easier to do when you are not panicking. One of the largest contributors to SUV rollovers is over-correction in steering. Hold the wheel steady and make minor adjustments. This is applicable in a variety of emergency situations, not just tire blow-outs (e.g. sliding on ice).
- Pull over to a safe location. A huge mistake drivers make is stopping where they are to make repairs or call for help. Doing so can leave you in the path of another vehicle that could slam into you. Regain control of your car and pull over.
Hopefully, the victims of last night’s SUV accident will make a full recovery. Our hopes and prayers are with them. Drive safely, Dallas!