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Cause of rollover accidents?

Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 10:56 PM

Was it so long ago that we had maybe six vehicles roll over in single-vehicle accidents in six months in Bedford County?

We often have that many rollovers in a week now. This type accident is usually caused by a driver just running off the roadway and onto the shoulder or in a ditch.

Let's forget what the experts tell us. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Do you consider the major cause of single-vehicle rollover accidents excessive speed, bad drivers, vehicle design or our roads?

How do you feel about too much going on in the vehicle other than driving it, such as tuning the radio, changing CDs/tapes or cell phones in use?

What are your thoughts on eating and drinking either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages while driving?

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Let's just ban driving,and lay down AmTrak passageways across the country.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Oct 25, 2007, at 11:22 PM

Three letters ..... SUV

-- Posted by Richard on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 2:25 AM

Hi Bo

Just watch people on your way to work and you will see cell phones, paper reading, eating, even women putting on makeup. With all of this going on when they drop there tire off of the pavement they drop everything and GRAB the steering wheel and almost always sharply over correct. Doing this a person could even roll a tank.

But hey the people doing this always believe that they are such great drivers that this can not happen to them

-- Posted by VikingSupporter on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 7:18 AM

SUV's aren't the only vehicles that will overturn. Any will if pushed to the correct limits. Some times it is caused froma simple lack of attention. Other times excessive speed. You can't blame the vehicle for overturning, it is an inanimate object. It will not overturn unless you make it. As for alcohol while driving, or before driving, we need more strict DUI laws to end that. First offense DUI needs to be a mandatory 30 days in jail and a year without a license. Second offense 6 months in jail and no license ever again. Third time should be about 2 years in jail. I know that sounds harsh but that's what I feel should be done and I think it would prevent alot of future accidents.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 7:27 AM

I agree . . its people being more careless when driving nowadays. They are busy talking on their cell phone or doing something else instead of paying attention to the road. Lately, I have notice women in SUVs are the worse. They will have a cell phone in one hand carrying a conversation and sometimes with kids in the back and not paying attention whatsoever. Just in the past week I have had three SUVs that were being driven by a female driver while she was talking on her cell phone that have almost ran me off the road.

Maybe we should ban cell phone use in moving vehicles or include heftier fines for individuals who cause accidents due to reckless driving.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 7:52 AM

Banning cell phone use isn't going to happen, but we should certainly have something that requires the use of a hands-free set (either wired headset or bluetooth). Another thing I have noticed about this area that used to drive me batty in Jacksonville, FL. The police and sheriff patrols don't seem to ride around all day with a cell phone up to their ears. I don't know if it's because they have more sense here (a good possibility) or if it's due to the coverage area, but I really like that. The police should be setting an example for other drivers and if they're flying down the road with one hand on the wheel and another on a cell phone, then they're not doing that. Bravo SPD and BCSD.

-- Posted by Thom on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 8:44 AM

Actually, some cities have already banned cell phones use in vehicles and it was on the agenda this past year in Nashville but it was tabled. I mean, I totally understand using cell phones in vehicles for emergencies while driving but is it really necessary to call your wife while you are operating a vehicle to just chit chat . . . when you do that you are basically carrying a loaded weapon with the safety switch off because you arenâ??t fully focused on your driving or the road. I have a cell phone myself but I make sure and not use it while driving because I would hate to cause any accident because I was reckless and wasnâ??t paying attention. You put people's lives at stake when you do things like that. Plus, its even worse when you have teenagers riding around using cell phones . . . their driving skills are limited to begin with and now you are giving them another distraction. Itâ??s even worse when they are texting while driving.

I mean really, people act as though they canâ??t go or do anything without their cell phones. How did we survive not that many years ago when they were less common?

But really . . . a lot of the accidents come down to people not paying attention (aka cell phones, playing with the radio, not looking at the road, etc) and being in too much of a hurry. Our society has become one of a "me first" with a disregard to the consequences.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 9:58 AM

It seems that more and more roads, especially in rural areas, no longer have a shoulder and are so narrow that you almost have to run off the road whenever you are meeting someone. With wider vehicles and faster speeds, these roads just aren't safe anymore.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 11:07 PM

Well, I'm gonna "fess up" and admit that I have noticed that while yelling at, I mean gently correcting, the kids, I speed up for some reason. Even if I don't, on occasion I MAY run off the road. This being a back road, not the highway.

My kids are ALWAYS begging to stop at this store or that and ALWAYS arguing over what CD to play or video game to put in etc, etc.

So, I need to ban myself from driving anywhere with the kids.

There are just more distractions these days....

-- Posted by countrymom on Sat, Oct 27, 2007, at 9:55 PM

SUV's aren't the only vehicles that will overturn. Any will if pushed to the correct limits.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Oct 26, 2007, at 7:27 AM

Of course, that's true, but he was asking why there seems to be more rollovers than in the past. SUV's are 2-3 times as likely to rollover in a crash, compared to a car. There are more SUV's on the road, so there's more rollovers. At least, that's my opinion.

-- Posted by Richard on Sun, Oct 28, 2007, at 2:52 AM

Are SUVs more involved in rollover than other vehicles?

Yes. NHTSA announced in July 2003 that "fatalities in rollover crashes accounted for 82% of the total fatality increase in 2002. . . The number of persons killed in sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that rolled over rose 14%. 61% of all SUV fatalities involved rollovers.

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Sun, Oct 28, 2007, at 6:53 PM

I'd should have mentioned drivers swerving to miss animals in the roadway, running into ditches and rolling over. Of course we have way too many deer on our roads but we also have so many farm animals our deputies sometimes spend many hours serving as cowboys.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Oct 28, 2007, at 10:21 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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