Tractor-trailer rollover accidents—which occur when a truck flips over while moving—are common on our roadways. These rollovers put other motorists on the roadway in danger. In addition to the danger caused by the truck itself, cargo may go flying, possibly striking other vehicles or posing obstacles on the road that may prompt evasive maneuvers…and cause more accidents. Hazardous/toxic payloads can trigger widespread injury and property damage miles from the original accident site, and perhaps long after the incident has occurred.
Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents
Improperly loaded trailer. If a load’s weight is not evenly distributed or properly secured, it may shift while traveling and result in a rollover.
Speeding. The higher the speed, the more potential for rollovers. Rounding a curve or turn too quickly, a shifting load, or hitting an object on the road is all it takes.
Wind. Tractor-trailers are long and broad, making them more susceptible to the effects of wind gusts. High-wind warnings should be heeded.
Careless and reckless driving. This includes a driver’s lack of understanding how to drive his/her rig, impatience, or driving under the influence or while sleep-deprived.
Improper maintenance. Underinflated tires or a damaged suspension can cause a truck to tip over on sharp curves, steep downhill grades, or uneven road surfaces.
You Need an Attorney
When you have injuries resulting from a vehicle accident, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.