Stop, Drop and Roll: Why 18-Wheelers Roll Over
Every day we see thousands of commercial trucks on our roadways. Many carry extremely large loads that can reach up to 80,000 pounds or more. According to statistics published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 5% of all truck accidents involve rollovers.
Large trucks are capable of rolling over easier than some vehicles because of the size and distribution of the load they are carrying. Rollover accidents are among the most serious because they often cause severe injuries and fatalities to a number of parties.
What Causes 18-Wheelers to Roll Over?
Large trucks are difficult to control, so they require drivers to have special training and obtain a Commercial Driver’s License before getting behind the wheel.
A number of factors can cause a truck to roll over, some of the most common are:
- Loads shifting in transit
- Braking too fast
- Blown out tires
Loads Shifting in Transit
During transport, loads can shift, throwing the weight distribution off. When cargo is not secured properly, it can shift, which can cause the truck to swerve off its path. The driver may not control a vehicle when the cargo shifts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific cargo securement rules in place that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow when securing loads. The government developed these rules based on industry best practices, expert recommendations, and other factors.
Another possible contributing factor to rollovers is the experience of the driver. An inexperienced driver may find it difficult to control their truck when another driver changes lanes quickly, cutting them off. Overcorrecting occurs when the driver tries to correct the problem and instead causes further problems. A more experienced driver may gain control over the vehicle when it encounters a situation.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
After an accident, your main priority should be your recovery, not your finances. Your truck accident lawyer will take over the legal aspects of the case and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You certainly do not want to be left paying expensive medical bills out of pocket.
After an accident, you might be owed compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering damages, lost wages, and more. Your attorney will review the facts of the case and will act on your behalf to protect your rights.