Short of running the car off the road, it takes a lot to make a sedan roll over. However, this isn’t the case for a big semi-truck. Rollover accidents are a common occurrence in the trucking industry and are responsible for many truck driver deaths each year. Most if not all truck rollovers are preventable.
Preventing rollovers requires two things: a reliable truck and a safe driver who has the right knowledge and good driving skills. A reliable truck requires proper maintenance while good drivers are people with plenty of road experience and a willingness to learn. As semi-truck accident lawyers, we would like to offer these two tips on avoiding semi-truck rollovers:
Load Your Trailer Carefully
A shifting load can cause a rollover especially when it happens during a turn. In addition to properly securing the load, pay attention to how it affects the center of gravity of your trailer. A trailer with a high center of gravity increases the risk of a rollover. Keep the load as low as possible. The heaviest items should be on the floor of the trailer with the lighter items higher up. If there’s enough space, place heavy items on the floor rather than stacking them. You should also keep the load centered within the trailer. That way, there’s no tendency for the trailer to lean which may cause a rollover while turning.
Be Careful On Windy Days
Not only does your rig’s high center of gravity (compared to other vehicles) work against you, so does its large surface area along its sides which makes it vulnerable to being blown over by high winds or sudden gusts. Empty or lightly loaded trailers are susceptible to this as well as trailers with excessively high centers of gravity because of the way they are loaded. Lightly loaded trailers have little weight to counter the force of the wind while top-heavy trailers are easy to tip over.
Drive more slowly around corners on windy days because the force of a wind gust adds to the centrifugal force. Turning speeds normally safe on calm days may cause a rollover on a windy day, especially with an empty or top-heavy trailer. Also note that high speeds on straightaways in high wind conditions also increase the risk of a rollover. Exercise extreme caution when driving in wind exposed areas such as bridges.
If you were injured in a trucking accident and need an accident attorney, Lewis & Keller can help you get the compensation you deserve. We represent accident victims in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Contact us today for a free consultation.