How Is A Driver Killed In A Rollover?

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Fat K.'s Comment
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Student; cdl permit

It's pointed out, more than once, that accidents with rollovers kill many drivers.

I understand that rolling over is a violent event, but what is it that makes it so deadly? Head on crashes are violent too but air bags save many.

(Do truck drivers use a better seat belt? Do cabs have a roll bar and airbags? If it's head injuries that kill, would wearing a light helmet help?)

I did a fair amount of searching on the web and I couldn't really find good answers.

Op, if you think this is just to macabre remove it. I was curious if there was anything one could do, save caution, to better the odds.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Generally by being crushed, in some roll overs the cab or a portion of the cab will be ripped off the frame. Unfortunately I have passed more than those type of accidents than I would like to see.

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Old School's Comment
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I was curious if there was anything one could do, save caution, to better the odds.

Roll overs are 100% avoidable accidents. Being aware of your surroundings, your speed, and keeping the proper following distance will save you from rolling a truck.

If you come to me for a trucking job and you're wanting to wear a helmet while driving because you're concerned with death by roll over, I am absolutely passing on hiring you.

I know you said "save caution" in your question, but that is the one thing needed.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Roll overs are 100% avoidable accidents. Being aware of your surroundings, your speed, and keeping the proper following distance will save you from rolling a truck.

If you come to me for a trucking job and you're wanting to wear a helmet while driving because you're concerned with death by roll over, I am absolutely passing on hiring you.

I know you said "save caution" in your question, but that is the one thing needed.

I have seen truck drivers roll over because a 4 wheeler did something stupid, and their only option was to leave the road to avoid killing them, and rolled over.

I agree with your post, but I do believe there are times truckers have risked their own life to avoid taking others.

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G-Town's Comment
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Not to upset this apple cart; effective space management and vigilant situational awareness significantly reduces the potential for any critical event.

Remember guys, we are typically guilty until proven innocent. Defensive driving to an extreme; follow the rules of the Smith System. Google it.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Not to upset this apple cart; effective space management and vigilant situational awareness significantly reduces the potential for any critical event.

Remember guys, we are typically guilty until proven innocent. Defensive driving to an extreme; follow the rules of the Smith System. Google it.

I don't disagree with you or Old School, for the record.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Not to upset this apple cart; effective space management and vigilant situational awareness significantly reduces the potential for any critical event.

Remember guys, we are typically guilty until proven innocent. Defensive driving to an extreme; follow the rules of the Smith System. Google it.

This is probably worth posting.

This is their free handout, so there shouldn't be copyright issues.

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G-Town's Comment
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Not to upset this apple cart; effective space management and vigilant situational awareness significantly reduces the potential for any critical event.

Remember guys, we are typically guilty until proven innocent. Defensive driving to an extreme; follow the rules of the Smith System. Google it.

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I don't disagree with you or Old School, for the record.

Just offering an exclamation point on the OPs question.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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I have friends (Illinois Troopers) that have investigated fatal truck crashes. Surprisingly, despite all of the regulations and ongoing exhortations, some drivers are killed when ejected from their rigs, in roll over or straight line collisions. Ejections happen, most frequently, because the seat belt isn't worn. Period. Helmet won't help that. Then, the guidance from Old School about 100% preventability goes into play. If you roll, you're likely to get hurt, surrounded by nothing but fiberglass and glass... so DON'T ROLL. smile.gif

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