Rollover Truck Accidents: How and Why They Occur
With all the major highways and interstates running throughout Florida, truck accidents are an unfortunately frequent occurrence. Among the most common and often fatal types of truck accidents is rollovers, in which the truck overturns on a road or highway, resulting in collisions with other vehicles.
While these accidents and the heavy medical expenses and lost wages involved in recovering from them cause heartache for thousands of families in Florida each year, the fact is that they often could have been prevented by either the trucking company or the trucker themselves.
How Rollover Truck Accidents Occur
According to the Large Truck Causation Study, which offers statistics based on over three years worth of crash data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), one of the most common types of trucking accidents involves rollovers. Trucks are susceptible to rollovers in certain types of situations, and the study found that the most common of these include:
- When driving and making turns on side streets and in intersections;
- When getting on or off ramps on highways and interstates;
- When changing lanes while going at higher rates of speed;
- When stopping or slamming on the brakes suddenly after being cut off by other vehicles.
Rollover trucking accidents do not always involve semi-tractor trailers and big rigs, but can happen with smaller cargo trucks and vans as well. A May 2017 truck accident reported by NBCUniversal Miami is a prime example, when an armored truck rolled over and blocked traffic for hours on Interstate 95 as rescue workers struggled to attend to victims and to clear away the debris. This is one of several recent rollover truck accidents to occur in the state over the past few months, and illustrates the impacts other drivers can face when rollover accidents occur.
The Underlying Cause of Rollover Truck Accidents
Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange Systems (FIRES) reports that close to 8,000 people are injured in trucking accidents each year in our state, while more than 250 others die as a result of their injuries. While road and traffic conditions are often contributing factors, it is often the actions of truckers and the policies of trucking companies that are the underlying reason why these accidents occur. In cases involving rollover accidents, the FMCSA reports these causes often include the following:
- Speeding, driving too fast for conditions, and failing to adjust speed when going around curves;
- Oversteering or over correcting due to distractions and driving fatigued;
- Cargo issues, such as bulky loads and improper loading practices
- Improper truck maintenance, such as faulty brakes or tires.
When trucking companies fail to invest money in their equipment and push drivers to deliver heavy loads or to make tight schedules, rollover accidents can occur. If you are involved in this type of accident, it is important to know that both the driver and the trucking company can be held liable for your injuries. Call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today, and find out how our West Palm Beach truck accident attorney can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.