One prevalent cause of truck wrecks is rollovers; which is when a big truck loses balance and falls over on the highway. Tractor trailers are much more difficult to drive than many may realize, and rollovers are a common, and very dangerous type of big rig wrecks. To prevent truck rollovers and injuries associated with them, it is important for drivers of all vehicles to understand how these events happen, and how to recognize risky situations that could result in a rollover.
Truck Rollovers are Common and Dangerous
Every day, thousands of heavy trucks are out on the highway, sharing the roads with many other vehicles. Unfortunately, traffic accidents involving trucks are common, and rollovers are one of the more common types of truck wrecks. They are also one of the most deadly of all types of big rig wrecks, frequently causing fatalities to truck drivers and others inside the truck, as well as those driving in other vehicles. Sadly, most rollover accidents that have injured or killed people were avoidable. Preventing them in the future requires and understanding why rollovers happen in the first place.
Why Do Big Trucks Roll Over?
Technically speaking, truck rollovers happen because conditions exist which cause a truck to lose its center of gravity. Due to a shift in the truck’s taller weight, gravity acts on that weight and pulls the truck over onto its side. It is an act of physics that is at least somewhat predictable, which suggests that it is possible to avoid these conditions in most cases, and prevent this from happening.
Causes of Truck Rollovers
According to safety studies, over half of all rollover accidents are caused by drivers failing to slow down on curves or ramps. Taking a curve or ramp too fast, or losing balance on an incline or decline are some of the easiest ways to shift a truck’s weight to the point where gravity steps in and pulls it over onto its side. By slowing down, drivers prevent this action, and can negotiate curves and ramps safely. Therefore, it requires good planning and an understanding of how to properly negotiate these driving obstacles to remain in control of a very heavy vehicle.
Other significant causes of rollovers include:
- Driver inattention or distraction, and the mistakes that are made when drivers are distracted.
- Improper loading of trucks that cause an imbalance.
- Weight shifting.
- Steering issues.
- Driving too fast in extremely windy conditions/
- Poor brakes.
- Bad Tires.
- Other mechanical concerns that cause the truck to become unbalanced.
In all of these circumstances, the truck becomes off balance and rolls over. Preventing these truck wrecks requires that drivers be more alert and careful when driving, and be able to anticipate when their trucks may become unbalanced, so they can take any necessary precautions to prevent this. Yet in almost all cases, driving slower is the main way to avoid conditions that cause rollovers.
Rollovers are one of the most prevalent, and deadly types of big rig wrecks that happen on the roads today. Avoiding them requires an understanding of what causes them, and avoiding these conditions. For drivers of other vehicles on the road, this should also point out the importance of staying clear of large trucks, especially in conditions where truck wrecks, such as rollovers are more likely to happen!
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Robert W. Hildebrand, Attorney at Law
J. Daniel Wilson, Attorney at Law
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