What Causes Semi Truck Rollover Accidents?
The way that commercial trucks such as semis and tankers are built makes them more prone than smaller vehicles are to certain types of accidents, including rollover accidents. These kinds of accidents are exactly what they sound like; they involve a vehicle rolling over onto its side or even onto its roof. Trucks that roll over are impossible to control, which means rollover accidents can cause extremely serious and widespread damage.Rollover Accidents Are Often the Result of Negligence
Importantly for people who are hurt in rollover accidents, these incidents are often the result of the negligence1 of the truck drivers involved. Under Arizona law, when accidents are caused by negligence, people who are hurt are usually able to recover for their losses, including medical expenses, loss of income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Some of the ways that negligence can cause a semi truck to roll over include the following:
- Improperly Loaded or Secured Cargo – When a truck’s cargo is improperly loaded or secured, it can lead to the vehicle being unbalanced in a way that makes it much more likely to tip over during turns.
- Failing to Ignore Dangerous Weather Conditions – Semi trucks have large surfaces that can act like sails in high winds, and even moderately strong winds can tip over a truck. Federal trucking regulations require truck drivers to use extreme caution in adverse weather conditions, and failing to pull over or take other precautions during windy conditions may constitute negligence in some instances.
- Speeding – Speeding is another way that truck drivers can cause preventable rollover accidents. If a truck takes a turn too quickly or hits an object or a curb while traveling at an excessive speed, it can tip over.
- Impaired driving – Truck drivers who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol have often have diminished reaction time, impaired judgment, poor coordination, and blurred vision. As a result, impaired truck drivers can be more likely to make mistakes or engage in conduct that could cause a rollover accident.
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a large commercial truck, there is a chance that you are legally entitled to significant compensation. For a free case evaluation with a Phoenix truck accident lawyer, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today at 602-819-5191 or contact us online.