A young Louisiana couple are counting their lucky stars after they and
the man’s infant daughter were able to walk away from a violent
rollover accident completely unscathed. Luke Naquin was driving down Louisiana
40 with his one-year old daughter and his girlfriend when he inadvertently
lost control of his truck. The vehicle ran off the road, tumbled into
the adjacent field, and stopped completely upside down. Now Louisiana
authorities are using the story to promote the importance of seatbelts
and child seats.
According to the Highway Safety Commission, 33% of passenger vehicle fatalities
in Louisiana are caused by rollover accidents, and 66% of those fatalities
involved someone who had not buckled up. The organization warns that pickup
trucks run the risk of rollovers at a rate double that of smaller sedans.
On the other hand, putting on a seatbelt and ensuring that children are
properly restrained in child safety seats will reduce the chance of death
in a rollover by at least 75%.
(Nola.com ran an article about this story when it first hit headlines, which can be seen
Additional Tips for Pickup Truck Safety
Slow around curves: People who have recently purchased a pickup truck may not be aware of the
vehicle’s unique handling. Unlike sports cars that are built to
hug the road, pickup trucks have a higher center of gravity, which, as
the news story mentioned, increases the likelihood of a truck tipping
over. To help prevent rollovers, make certain you slow to appropriate
speeds whenever taking any turn or rounding a curve.
Check blind spots: Midsize to large pickup trucks can have numerous blind spots that smaller
vehicles do not. Familiarize yourself with where your blind spots are
and always check them before turning or changing lanes. If you can upgrade
your rearview and side view mirrors to enable you to see blind spots easier,
consider the option.
Distribute weight evenly: Safely steering a pickup truck can become a challenge if cargo loaded onto
the bed is done so unevenly. Whenever possible, load materials so that
weight is distributed well and does not put too much of a burden on one
side or axle. This should make controlling your truck less of a hassle
when moving equipment and other freight.
If you do find yourself in an accident, despite your best efforts to be
safe, you can
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