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Unread 12-20-2015, 10:46 PM   #1
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Long story short.. I was driving back home on a two way rural area and I just blacked out, I am not sure if I even just fell asleep. I simply can't remember until I woke up when people had rushed to my car and I asked what happened and they said my car had rolled and came to a rest. All I remember is that it was in a ditch, I had my cruise set to 56 mph.. I have a couple bumps on the top of my head and hit my forehead strong enough on something that knocked me out. Other than a sprained ankle and a busted back.. I am okay.

I got pictures the other day of what was left of my car.. I noticed the sides of the car seemed pretty clean and not much damage at all. The top of the truck lid on the drivers side was dented in, as well as a pretty good impact of the front windshield of the drivers view that extends up on top of the car. I didn't really notice much else on top of the car. The passenger side front tire and area is dented in pretty good and both mirrors on each side got torn off... Only the back window shattered. So I am stuck wondering if the car did even roll... A witness said they seen it roll, so I assumed I did..

Below is the pictures of the car.. let me know what you think.

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Yes is what I would say, having just reviewed a very similar rollover, not to mention countless more in the past...

"Falling asleep at the wheel" as a potentially deceptive term. People rarely go to sleep for prolonged periods of time at the wheel. It starts with blacking out for fractions of a second, and than for a mere couple of seconds which tends to coincide with impending doom...

Since the body does not go through any of the stages of sleep (you need about five minutes just to get through N1), people don't usually remember these "micro" sleeps and tend to not remember the road behind them as they drive.

Roads are cambered to the edge of the roadway for water runoff. Proper wheel alignment mostly cancels this out, but when the driver is impaired or distracted, the car still tends to slip off of the road rather than into opposing traffic, which is generally a good thing.

The geographic description you provided, and the signs of gravel on the car suggests that the side of the road offered an open area of gravel with a ditch.

So, the car goes downhill into the ditch and the right-front wheel digs into the gravel. Car pivots around it and rolls over about it (think corkscrew) rather than a perfectly lateral rollover.

Hence the car suffered more impact to the front and rear rather than the sides and it had enough energy innit to roll a full 360 degrees and land on it's wheels.

Now, provided you don't drop on a rock and are properly fastened, these sort of rollover don't tend to end with very harsh consequences because you don't actually hit anything that halts you at once.

In the future, might I suggest getting decent amounts of sleep (and I am talking at least eight hours) between drives, and pulling over at a safe place whenever you so much as start to yawn or even get burning eyes and sore neck. Just nap for 20-30 minutes and you bought yourself about an hour of alert driving to get to your destination.

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Yes is what I would say, having just reviewed a very similar rollover, not to mention countless more in the past...

"Falling asleep at the wheel" as a potentially deceptive term. People rarely go to sleep for prolonged periods of time at the wheel. It starts with blacking out for fractions of a second, and than for a mere couple of seconds which tends to coincide with impending doom...

Since the body does not go through any of the stages of sleep (you need about five minutes just to get through N1), people don't usually remember these "micro" sleeps and tend to not remember the road behind them as they drive.

Roads are cambered to the edge of the roadway for water runoff. Proper wheel alignment mostly cancels this out, but when the driver is impaired or distracted, the car still tends to slip off of the road rather than into opposing traffic, which is generally a good thing.

The geographic description you provided, and the signs of gravel on the car suggests that the side of the road offered an open area of gravel with a ditch.

So, the car goes downhill into the ditch and the right-front wheel digs into the gravel. Car pivots around it and rolls over about it (think corkscrew) rather than a perfectly lateral rollover.

Hence the car suffered more impact to the front and rear rather than the sides and it had enough energy innit to roll a full 360 degrees and land on it's wheels.

Now, provided you don't drop on a rock and are properly fastened, these sort of rollover don't tend to end with very harsh consequences because you don't actually hit anything that halts you at once.

In the future, might I suggest getting decent amounts of sleep (and I am talking at least eight hours) between drives, and pulling over at a safe place whenever you so much as start to yawn or even get burning eyes and sore neck. Just nap for 20-30 minutes and you bought yourself about an hour of alert driving to get to your destination.
That makes perfect sense. Thank you and for the tips as well.

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Yep that car rolled.
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