Rollover crashes are often considered one of the deadliest forms of commercial truck crashes that can occur. More often than not, when a commercial truck rolls over, it will result in multiple vehicles being involved over the course of multiple lanes of the highway. This can often lead to very serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
Because of this, it is the responsibility of the truck drivers and trucking companies to ensure their fleet is operated safely to avoid catastrophic accidents. Unfortunately, truckers and their companies may fail in holding up to this responsibility and victims sustain serious injuries. Here are some of the reasons why a big rig may be involved in a rollover crash.
The Truck Is Driving at a High Rate of Speed
Driving any vehicle at an excessive speed will help you get where you are going faster, but it will also increase your chances of getting into an accident. With commercial trucks, driving at a high rate of speed is a common reason for rollover accidents. Because truck drivers need to keep up with high demands and have tight deadlines to meet, many may drive faster than the posted speed limit. However, truck drivers should be trained to drive their vehicles at a safe speed, which should not be above the posted speed limit.
The Truck Is Driving Around Sharp Curves
Roads are designed for a variety of vehicles, but sudden, sharp curves are much easier for smaller vehicles to maneuver than large commercial trucks. Sharp curves increase the overall risk of big rigs being involved in rollover crashes. Therefore, when a trucking company is planning routes for their truckers, it is important to keep road features like these in mind. In some cases, a truck can take a sharp curve with ease and have no issues. In some instances, the rollover accident occurs because the truck driver takes the sharp curve recklessly and carelessly.
The Truck's Trailer Is Overloaded
Commercial trucks are designed to tow loads only up to a certain weight limit. If the cargo is imbalanced, piled too high, or improperly loaded, this can create a very dangerous situation in which it is far more likely for a rollover accident to take place.
When a rollover truck accident takes place, there are many potentially responsible parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, and the maintenance crew. To determine who should be held liable, you should speak to a truck accident lawyer who can examine the facts of the case and work to seek the compensation that you deserve.