The size, weight, load, balance, and limited visibility of commercial trucks all contribute to various types of multi-vehicle accidents. When a truck travels along a curved path, centrifugal force causes it to lean away from the direction of the curve, resulting in a rollover if the truck overturns. Tractor-trailers are particularly susceptibleto rollovers because of the their high center of gravity and possible unstable loads.
What Causes Truck Rollover Accidents?
Some factors involved in truck rollover accidents include:
- Failure of truck driver to adjust speed to curves in the road, particularly at on- and off-ramps.
- The type of load carried, including weight, height, and security.
- The condition of the truck’s brakes.
- The road surface and the condition of the road, especially at intersections.
- Inattentive driving, dozing, or falling asleep at the wheel.
- Distracted driving.
- Over-steering to the point of rollover.
- Overcorrecting and having to counter-steer to remain on the road.
- Insufficient driver training regarding rollover prevention.
Experts estimate that nine percent of all large truck crashes involve rollovers. The majority are caused by driver error — including excessive speed in curves, drifting off the road, not adjusting to the trailer’s center of gravity, and being physically and mentally impaired. Vehicle-related problems resulting in rollovers include top heavy, badly distributed or unsecured loads, poorly maintained brakes or suspension, and under inflated tires.
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