What Causes Trucks To Roll Over?

Truck Accidents Dan - October 5, 2021
truck involved into a rollover accident

Due to the sheer weight and size disparity between vehicles, large commercial truck accidents have more potential to be damaging, devastating, and brutal than standard car crashes. 

When you consider that the Department Of Transportation has the typical legal truck weight capped at 40 tons or 80,000 pounds, then that amounts to a lot of potential havoc. 

When you have 80,000 pounds of metal and freight violently rolling over on itself, that spells a recipe for disaster. But what causes rollover truck crashes? 

Alternatively, who causes rollover truck crashes, and how could a truck accident attorney help you hold them to account?

Causes Of Rollover Accidents

Numerous things could cause a truck to roll over in a crash, and almost all of them can be prevented with due care:

  • Speeding
  • Swerving recklessly
  • Drowsy driving
  • Ignoring signals
  • Mechanical error
  • Unsafe road conditions
  • Intoxicated driving

Commercial 18-wheeler trucks have extremely wide blind spots, but it’s still a driver’s responsibility to navigate roads with care, caution, and consideration for the other drivers around them. 

Likewise, even if the driver themselves exercised the maximum possible duty of care they could exercise, other parties still could have acted with negligence in facilitating unsafe road conditions, whether it was a negligent mechanic or road worker who did so. 

One unfortunate wrong turn is all it can take to send things completely awry. What can you do once that happens?

What To Do After A Rollover Truck Accident

After a rollover truck accident, you should do what you would do after any other motor vehicle accident, assuming that you’re safely capable of doing so:

  • Move to safety and away from the flow of traffic
  • Call the authorities and send first responders to the scene
  • Obtain the insurance and contact info of all parties involved
  • Document the accident in photos, videos, and writing
  • Call your insurance company 
  • Seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible

You’ll have the opportunity to make a claim against the at-fault person to compensate you for the losses you incurred after an accident. Roughly 95-percent of personal injury cases are settled without a trial and an experienced truck accident attorney can help you seek a fair settlement without being taken advantage of by an insurance company. 

Contact a Rollover Truck Accident Attorney Today

Our attorneys are proud to offer comprehensive litigation services across a wide range of practice areas and the resources to help our clients seek fair compensation for their injuries.

If you or someone you know was injured in a rollover truck accident,  contact our truck accident attorneys today to learn more and arrange a free case review and consultation!

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