Why do 18-Wheelers Roll Over?
Written by Greg on November 22, 2019
There are thousands of commercial trucks on our roadways every day. Many carry large and heavy loads that may reach up to 80,000 pounds or more. About 5% of all truck accidents involve rollovers, according to statistics published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Large trucks can roll over more easily than some vehicles because of the size and distribution of the load. Trucks may also jackknife, which can lead to rollovers. Rollover accidents are among the most serious because they often cause severe injuries and fatalities to multiple parties.
What Causes Truck Rollovers?
Big rigs are difficult to control and drivers must have special training to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License, CDL. Many factors can cause a truck to roll over. Some of the most common factors include:
- Braking too fast
- Load shifts
- Blown tires
Trucks carry loads that can shift during transport. The FMCSA has specific cargo securement rules in place. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow the rules to secure loads. The government developed these rules based on industry best practices, expert recommendations, and other factors. 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 inexperience of the driver may contribute to the inability to control a truck in various situations. For instance, the truck may become difficult to control when the driver changes lanes quickly or makes a sudden stop. 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.
Accidents and Injuries Caused by Truck Rollovers
As drivers, we share the roads with big rigs daily. When a semi-truck rolls over, it creates a dangerous condition on the road. A rollover can occur quickly and other drivers may not avoid getting into an accident. When a truck rolls over, the driver is not in control of the vehicle and it can veer into other vehicles and even fall onto another car on the road. Truck accidents can cause severe injuries to other drivers and passengers on the highway. Some injuries can be devastating and life-threatening and may cause lifelong disabilities The negligent driver or trucking company compensates you for your injuries and other damages if you win your case.
If you or a loved one got hurt as the result of an accident with a semi, it is best to discuss the matter with an attorney soon. Important information and data are available immediately that can help you prove the cause of the crash and negligence. Your attorney will take control of the legal situation so you can focus on recovery.
Contact our experienced legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case evaluation today. Call 281-587-1111!