A rollover accident in any type of vehicle is far more likely to be fatal than other types of accidents. In passenger vehicles, rollovers are often single-vehicle accidents. In trucking accidents, however, it is common for multiple vehicles to become involved. When a large commercial truck rolls, it can cover several lanes of traffic, with the truck itself striking multiple vehicles, and causing many more to be involved in the ensuing pile-up.
Causes of Truck Rollover
Due to the weight and momentum of a large truck, a small error or problem can quickly spiral out of control and turn into a rollover. Once the chain reaction starts, it can be difficult or impossible for even the most experienced truck driver to recover and prevent the truck from rolling. Some causes of rollover include:
- Tire blowout
- Brake failure
- Other mechanical failure
- Defective roadways
- Negligence of other drivers leading to sudden maneuvers by truck driver
- Hazardous weather conditions
Certain conditions make the truck less stable, therefore making a rollover more likely to occur. These include:
- Unbalanced load
- Improperly secured load that shifts
- Overloaded truck
- Liquid load under ¾ capacity
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, please contact us today. Your initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay unless you get paid.