Every 16 minutes a person in the United States is killed or severely injured due to accidents involving semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, or tractor-trailers. Large truck rollover accidents are typically catastrophic, impacting many more motorists than just the truck driver. Unfortunately, Americans see an increase in the number large commercial trucks on the roads and highways each and every year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over half of all truck driver fatalities are due to rollover crashes. The rising number of semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers traveling on the North Carolina roads puts motorists at an increased risk for a traffic collision. Rollover accidents commonly involve more than one vehicle. As a result, North Carolina residents must be mindful when traveling next to or in close proximity to a large truck.
As technology continues to improve, the U.S. Department of Transportation continues to find new methods that help to reduce the number of truck rollover crashes. The newest proposal suggests that an electronic stability control system may significantly cut the number of truck accidents, trucking fatalities, and associated injuries that occur each year in the U.S.
Lewis & Keller has years of experience in truck rollover litigation. Our truck accident attorneys are passion about seeking justice for those who have been injured due to another driver’s negligence. When a truck crash occurs, our staff dedicates time and resources to fight for your rights.
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Causes of Truck Rollovers
A substantial majority of truck rollover collisions occur due to a trucker’s excessive speeding. Truck drivers have a serious responsibility while navigating the North Carolina roads. First, they have a responsibility to travel from point A to point B in order to carry the goods and product that they are accountable for. More importantly, however, truckers have an obligation to the other vehicles on the road to travel safely.
Some of the most common causes of truck rollovers include but are not limited to:
- Excessive Speeds
- Improperly Loaded Trucks
- Taking a turn or traveling around a curve too fast
- Distracted Driving
- Driver Fatigue
- Turning sharply to avoid an obstacle
- Parking or stopping on a soft surface
- Abrupt maneuvers when trucker is not paying attention
These causes of truck crashes are all avoidable. Truck drivers must account for road conditions, other vehicles on the roads, upcoming turns, and appropriate speeds for the size of their vehicle. Oftentimes, the posted speed limit is in excess of what a large truck should be traveling.
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Conditions Contributing to Truck Rollovers
Over the last two years, America saw a 20 percent increase in the number of trucks on the roads across the country. While this may point to an improvement in the economy, it also begs the question: how safe are our roads? As more and more trucks enter the roadways, other motorists must be aware of potential dangers present. Failure to adjust loads accounts for a quarter of all speed related truck rollover collisions.
Truck drivers must exercise additional caution while driving in the following conditions:
- Slippery surfaces: rainy roads and isolated ice patches
- Work zones
- Winding roads
- Steep hills
- Soft surfaces
In general, truck rollovers are divided into two categories: tripped and un-tripped crashes. In a tripped accident, the truck actually leaves the road, sliding sideways into soil, a curb, or guardrail. The force involved in a tripped accident causes a rollover. On the other hand, un-tripped accidents involve rolling due to a centrifugal force. In this case, no object is hit, but the truck suffers a rollover after a sudden turn or high speed.
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Preventing Truck Rollover Collisions
Truck driver inattentiveness contributes to far too many motor vehicle collisions each year. However, inadequate maintenance is another significant factor in the number of truck rollover accidents in North Carolina and across the United States. With the responsibility to move loads, as well as travel safely, truck driver must take their jobs very seriously.
Adhere to the following tips for preventing truck rollover collisions:
- Reduce speeds during turns
- Always safely pack loads
- Account for road conditions such as hills and soft surfaces
- Be sure that tires are neither under or over inflated
- Regularly check brakes
- Be sure balance is achieved between tractor and trailer brakes
- Check tire tread depth, pressure
- Maintain suspension components
While no one can predict the future, the above prevention tips will play an enormous role in efforts to reduce the number of truck crashes in North Carolina. Motor vehicle owners must be aware of truck’s presence on the road and adjust driving habits accordingly.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys are Here for You
Lewis & Keller understands the severity involved in a typical truck rollover accident. With this in mind, our staff shares a deep sensitivity for the tragedy that these types of collisions bring to family members and loved ones. If you have been involved in a traffic crash, our truck accident attorneys are prepared to take on your case today.
With years of experience and professional resources, we are able to build a strong case for our clients. Our no-obligation, free consultations put accident victims at ease knowing that we are here for them. Lewis & Keller works hard in our pursuit of justice for you.
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