Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accidents

Dangerous tractor-trailer rollover accidents—which occur when a truck flips over while moving—are frighteningly common on our nation’s roadways. Because the wheels have left the ground, the vehicle is totally out of control. Other motorists on the roadway are in jeopardy, as well as objects that happen to be in the runaway truck’s path. In addition, cargo may go flying, possibly striking other vehicles or posing obstacles on the road that may prompt evasive maneuvers…and more accidents. Not to mention, hazardous/toxic payloads can trigger widespread injury and property damage miles from the original accident site, and perhaps long after the incident has occurred.

The Most Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accidents?

The most common causes of tractor-trailer rollover accidents include:

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.

If you have suffered injury due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, contact an accident attorney to protect your rights.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Car Crash

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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