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Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents

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When a large vehicle like a semi-truck or big rig rolls over in the road, the resulting accidents can be catastrophic. Because rollovers are always a risk when driving trucks, their drivers must be extra vigilant to avoid performing illegal road maneuvers or making sudden movements that could increase that risk. While truck rollovers only make up 2% of crashes, they account for over 35% of accident deaths (NHTSA). If you were in a truck rollover accident, our team of truck accident attorneys is ready to defend your rights as a driver.

Contactour Greenville truck accident lawyers at Christian & Davis LLC if your accident involved a truck rollover. We’ll give you a free consultation on your case.

Although it’s commonly believed that adverse weather is the primary cause of truck rollovers, the FMCSA estimates that fewer than 4% of rollovers result from environmental factors. Additionally, rollovers are not only caused by those new to truck driving: even experienced truckers can roll their vehicles if they do not properly prepare for the road. If that’s the case, then what does cause trucks to roll in the first place, and who can be held accountable for these tragic accidents?

Here are 5 of the most common factors that contribute to truck rollover accidents:

  1. Partial loads: Large tankers that carry dangerous liquids (like propane or diesel) have a special responsibility to drive cautiously, and that’s especially true when they only contain partial loads. This is because the sloshing liquid changes the center of gravity in the truck, throwing it off balance and making it harder to steer. Partial loads cause over 60% of rollover accidents, and drivers must be cognizant of this fact.
  2. Incorrect loading: If the appropriate lashings and tie-downs are not implemented on some heavy loads, a truck can easily tip even while driving on a flat road surface. The trucker has a responsibility to ensure that their cargo is secured at all times.
  3. Steering problems: Over-steering happens when a truck driver steers too wide to make a turn, and this is perhaps the most frequent cause of rollovers. Officials at the NHTSA believe that requiring stability control systems in all commercial trucks could save up to 106 lives annually.
  4. Attentiveness to the road: Like any driver, truckers are at risk for distractions both inside and outside of the cabin. But when a commercial driver fails to scan the road for obstructions, the results can be much more dangerous.
  5. Poor brake mechanisms: Brakes are perhaps the most important safety feature of a large vehicle like a tanker truck. If the brakes have not been correctly repaired or installed, the incredible force of a moving truck can cause it to swerve and flip over.

Recovering Your Losses After Your Accident

Life may never be quite the same if you’ve sustained an injury from a truck rollover accident, and if a trucking company is to blame, they must be held accountable for your pain and suffering. That’s why our firm of AV® Rated truck accident lawyers is here for you in this difficult time. We can act as your guide in navigating the personal injury claim process, and we promise to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

For more information, give our team a call at (864) 408-8890 and receive free counsel on your truck accident injury case.

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