Top 3 Causes of Rollover Truck Accidents & How to Prevent Them
September 30, 2015
Rollover accidents are some of the most catastrophic types of crashes that can occur – particularly when they involve heavy, large commercial trucks.
What may be just as devastating as the outcomes of rollover truck accidents is the fact that the majority of these accidents are caused by negligence. In other words, many rollovers could have been prevented if some party had been more careful, diligent and/or responsible.
Below, we will reveal some of the most common forms of negligence that play a role in causing rollover truck accidents. For experienced advice about recovery options, as well as effective legal advocacy, in a truck accident case, however, don’t hesitate to contact Beaverton Truck Accident Attorney Linda Weimar.
Common Ways Negligence Leads to Rollover Truck Accidents
Rollover truck accidents in the U.S. are commonly caused by:
- Speeding – When drivers fail to comply with the speed limits and/or fail to slow down when negotiating turns, controlling trucks (especially those that weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded) is far more difficult. This can end up substantially increasing the risk of rollovers, and regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have found that speeding is a factor in about 45 percent of all rollover truck accidents.
- Failing to properly secure trailers and/or loads – Failing to properly secure trailers and/or balance or secure loads within trailers is another factor that can contribute to truck rollovers, especially if drivers end up in situations where they have to try to brake or make sharp turns at the last minute to avoid a crash.
- Driver distraction – When truckers or other motorists are not paying attention to the task of driving, rollovers can also happen. This is because, again, truckers will be in positions where they have to make last-minute maneuvers; if this occurs by a curve or on an inclined roadway, there are far greater chances that the center of balance for trucks will dramatically shift and potentially cause the truck to rollover.
Rollover Truck Accidents: More Important Info
- Truck driver inexperience, as well as poor weather and/or road conditions, can increase the risk of rollovers.
- Rollover truck accidents are most likely to occur on freeway ramps and inclines, according to the FMCSA.
- Better training for truckers, along with warning signs that can alert truckers to potentially unsafe approaches, are two things that can be done to try to combat and prevent rollover truck accidents.
Contact a Beaverton Truck Accident Attorney at the Weimar Law Offices
If you have been injured in a truck accident, Beaverton Truck Accident Attorney Linda Weimar is ready to discuss your options for financial recovery and provide you with aggressive, effective legal advocacy moving forward.
To talk to Attorney Linda Weimar today, contact us and set up an initial consult with her by calling (503) 640-5000 or emailing us using the Contact form on this page.
From our offices in Beaverton, Attorney Linda Weimar represents people with various types of personal injury claims throughout Washington County, including in West Side and Hillsboro.
Categories: Truck Accidents