Truck Rollovers and Tip-Overs: Why Truckers Continue to Cause These Deadly Wrecks
Rollover and tip-over accidents are some of the most dangerous truck crashes because of the serious injuries and deaths they cause. In addition, it is surprisingly easy for a truck to tip over or roll over in a crash. These wreck can become even more catastrophic if the truck is carrying chemicals or other hazardous materials that spill onto the highway.
What Are the Major Causes of Truck Rollover and Tip-Over Crashes?
The majority of rollover and tip-over truck accidents are caused by negligence, making them all the more tragic because they are preventable. Common reasons they occur include:
Speeding. Speeding is a major cause of a truck rolling or tipping over, and involves exceeding the speed limit as well as driving too fast for weather, traffic, and road conditions. This can cause the truck to lean, sway more than normal, and roll over. This is especially a danger on curvy roads and highway exit and entrance ramps.
Distractionand drowsy driving. When a driver is distracted by a cellphone, GPS, or co-driver, or nods off while driving, he is not attentive enough to road conditions. This could lead him to make sudden moves to avoid other vehicles or obstacles which could cause his truck to tip or roll over into oncoming traffic—sometimes causing a multi-vehicle pileup.
Oversteering. When a truck driver oversteers or does not steer enough to stay in his lane, the result can be a rollover crash. Steering is a basic driving skill, and a trucker would be negligent if he caused your injuries due to this reason.
Maintenance. When trucking companies and truck drivers fail to fulfill their duties to inspect, maintain, and repair their trucks, a maintenance issue, such as defective brakes or worn tires, could result in a deadly truck accident—including a rollover. If repairs or maintenance tasks were performed by a third party, this company could face liability as well.
Loads. When a truck is improperly loaded or a load is not secured properly, this can cause it to shift and make the truck trailer unstable and more prone to tip over. The risk is even greater if the truck driver is transporting liquids.
Who Could Be Liable for Compensating You in a Truck Rollover or Tip-Over Accident?
In order to obtain all the compensation you deserve, you need to pursue claims against all possible negligent parties. In a rollover or tip-over wreck, there may be multiple at-fault parties that include:
Cargo loading company
Truck or parts manufacturer
Were you injured in a truck rollover or tip-over accident? You need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney to determine the cause of your wreck and the negligent parties responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our skilled legal team has years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims of truck accidents. Learn about your legal options and how we can help you obtain a fair settlement from all responsible parties. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.