What Causes Truck Rollovers?

Truck Accidents Dan - November 17, 2020
truck rollover in the road

When a semi-truck rolls over, it can cause chain-reaction crashes, cargo spills, and other events that result in serious injuries. Truck crash claims are complicated, so any injured accident victims want the right truck accident attorney on their side. 

No one has to explain how terrifying and dangerous truck rollovers are. The sheer size and weight of these giants of the road make this very clear. Rollovers are typically caused by driver negligence, negligent loading practices, and/or inadequate truck maintenance. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck rollover, it’s time to consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer

Driving Too Fast for the Roadway Ahead

Speed can play a major role in semi-truck rollovers. When entering a curve or taking an exit ramp, truckers need to accurately account for the size, height, and weight of their rigs, the degree of the road’s curvature, and the condition of the road in order to proceed safely, which involves slowing down accordingly. Truckers who fail to do so are at much greater risk of rolling over – and leaving everyone in their wake at increased risk of being seriously injured. 

Oversteering

Oversteering – or otherwise making sudden changes in one’s steering – is another factor that’s closely associated with rollovers. Massive semis have high centers of gravity, which leave them more vulnerable to the negative effects of sudden jerky steering motions. Some common factors that can contribute to oversteering include:

  • A trucker who nods off and jerks himself or herself awake (exhaustion is a common problem among truckers) 
  • A trucker who fails to accurately assess and address the condition of the road ahead 
  • A trucker whose excess speed makes it difficult to safely react to approaching dangers
  • Poorly loaded trailers that leave trucks more vulnerable to rollovers in the first place and that can cause the trucker to attempt to overcorrect for the imbalance
  • Very high winds

Truck Driver Error and Negligence

The majority of truck rollovers are caused by truck driver error and negligence, which can include:

  • Miscalculating a safe speed
  • Failing to take the effects of inclement weather into careful consideration
  • Failing to take the condition of the road into careful consideration
  • Allowing oneself to become distracted by anything other than the task at hand (smartphones are especially dangerous)
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Engaging in aggressive driving practices
  • Driving while under the influence of exhaustion (which has many of the same effects that impairment does)

Truck drivers are professional drivers, and this means that they are held to much more restrictive safety rules and regulations for some very good reasons, one of which is preventing life-threatening rollover accidents. Trucks are massive vehicles that require skilled and attentive handling, and when truckers fail to live up to their safety responsibilities, deadly rollovers can be the result. 

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck rollover accident, the resourceful and attentivetruck accident lawyers at Blackburn & Green have the depth of experience and commitment necessary to help you seekjust compensation. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information today.

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