What Causes Commercial Trucks to Roll Over?
A commercial truck rollover is one of the most dangerous situations on the road. When a rollover results in a collision, more often than not, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle fare the worst. Given the size and weight of commercial trucks – and the fact that they often carry hazardous materials – it is easy to see how a rollover can cause serious injuries for anyone in the area. Fortunately, in many cases, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Here are some of the more common causes of rollover accidents. To schedule a free consultation with a California truck accident lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.
In many cases, a rollover accident starts when the wheel of a truck loses contact with the road beneath it. Rain, snow, ice, and wind are all dangerous conditions for commercial trucks. Even the most experienced driver can easily lose control of their vehicle when they hit a patch of black ice on the highway. Poor weather doesn’t let truck drivers off the hook, however. Because federal regulations require truckers to use “extreme caution” (and actually pull over if it becomes too dangerous to drive), people who are hurt in truck rollovers involving bad weather can often recover compensation.
Improperly Distributed Cargo
Improperly loaded cargo is a common cause of rollover accidents. Imagine that a loading crew does not follow protocol and places all of the cargo on just one side of a truck’s trailer. The driver might be unaware of how the truck was loaded, assuming that the weight was distributed evenly and correctly. When the truck enters a turn, the uneven load in the trailer may cause the truck to roll over onto its side.
Entering a Turn with Too Much Speed
Given the weight and height of a commercial cargo truck, they are extremely susceptible to overturning when a driver enters a sharp turn at a speed that can’t support the vehicle. Often, when a truck driver misjudges the angle of the turn, it is too late to slow down. When a speeding truck enters a turn, the momentum and weight of the truck are all distributed on one side, and this can result in a dangerous truck rollover accident.
Speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial truck rollover accident, it can be difficult to determine the next steps to take. With expensive medical treatments and lost income due to missed work, financial stress is a real concern for many injured victims. At the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg, our experienced truck accident lawyers will take great care to handle your case from start to finish. We are proud to serve our clients and will fight for your right to fair compensation. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will never collect legal fees unless we successfully obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule your free consultation, call us today at 818-591-8058 or contact us online.