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How Do Rollover Truck Accidents Occur?

A Recipe for Disaster

Perhaps you’ve seen the images from helicopters flying over the highway of a truck turned over on its side, causing serious vehicle backup and potentially a massive accident and injured drivers. Rollover accidents are some of the most frightening scenes one can witness on the highway. Various factors can contribute to a large truck rolling over and causing an accident. Here are the factors to be aware of.

Speeding Around Curves

One of the more common causes of a rollover truck accident is a truck failing to adjust its speed for an upcoming curve. Some drivers, for reasons varying from meeting deadlines to passing a slower vehicle, continue to maintain high speeds on curved sections of highways. This mix makes it easy for a truck to tip over on its side and cause an accident.

Unsafe Steering

Another driver error that can cause rollover accidents is overcompensating while steering a truck. This can manifest itself in two ways. A truck driver may attempt to correct their position in the roadway and “overcorrect” while steering, which means the driver turns the vehicle too harshly one way and then immediately steers the other way. This can drastically impact the truck’s stability and can cause it to roll over.

A truck driver may also simply fail to steer their truck in a way that keeps their truck on the highway. This simple error can prove very costly to both their truck, their safety, and the safety of others on the road.

Impact of the Load

This factor may not be the fault of the driver, but the load that the truck is carrying can impact whether or not a truck has a higher chance of rolling over on the highway. If a truck’s load is unsecure, the contents may shift around while driving; if the load is heavy and is moving about the truck bed, the weight may impact the truck’s stability and cause it to turn over. It’s important that a truck driver adjust their speed and steering based on the load they are carrying.

Driver Inattention

Unfortunately, sometimes rollover accidents occur because the truck driver was not paying attention to the road. They may be daydreaming or driving drowsy, both of which can contribute to serious driver error. By the time they realize that they need to make a move on the road, they may panic and overreact to the change, causing their truck to roll over.

Seek Compensation If Injured in a Truck Accident

Rollover accidents can be one of the most dangerous incidents to occur on the road. If you’ve been injured because of a rollover truck accident caused by driver error or neglect, you have the right to seek compensation. No one should have to worry about how to pay for their medical bills because of someone else’s failure to drive properly.

At Site:BusinessName}, we’ve helped many secure damages for injuries caused by truck accidents. We’re prepared to help you protect your rights. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, call us at (515) 298-5056 or visit us online.