Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents

The weight, height, load, size, and balance of commercial trucks all contribute to different kinds of vehicle accidents. One of the common types of truck-related accidents are truck rollover accidents. It is generally a result when the wheels of a truck lose traction or contact completely with the surface of the road because of their high center of gravity, causing it to roll over and damage other vehicles, persons and property.

There are a number of reasons why truck rollover accidents happen, but here are some of the more common causes:

  1. Abrupt Changes in Steering

If a driver suddenly makes a sharp turn to avoid crashing into an obstacle or another vehicle, the truck may rollover due to its high center of gravity. Oversteering may also cause a truck to overturn. It happens in situations where a truck goes off the road for any reason whatsoever, and the driver over-corrects by making broad steering actions in an attempt to gain traction over the grass or sand and get back on the road. When the truck gets back on solid ground, the large steering movements can lead to a drastic increase in lateral force, causing it to overturn.

  1. Adverse Road and Weather Conditions

If the road surface is wet due to rain or any other reason, it results in a higher probability of rollover accidents. Slippery road conditions result in enhanced hydroplaning, which causes a vehicle to lose contact with the surface and skid across the water. A truck driver may experience something similar, or there may be similar severe effects when there is “black ice” on the road. Moreover, rainy weather can also result in diminished vision, causing the truck driver to make sudden changes in steering, dramatically increasing the chances of tipping over.

  1. Distracted Driving

Another major cause of truck rollover accidents is due to a lack of attention or distracted driving. Truck drivers can easily get distracted by many different things on the road, or may be distracted and lose their attention, causing them to miss any notice of upcoming speed or roadway changes (e.g., curve ahead). Moreover, driving while talking on cell phones, texting, changing radio stations, or giving in to other distractions may result in accidents. Driving while extremely tired can also cause drivers to lose track of changing surroundings, causing them to attempt abrupt corrective measures that may tip over their vehicles.

  1. Improper Cargo Loading

Improper cargo loading is another leading cause that increases the chance of rollover. If the cargo is loaded carelessly with more weight on one side, it can cause the truck to roll over on curves or turns. The same applies to cargo that has not been secured properly, allowing it to shift place during the commute and disturb the otherwise correct weight distribution of the truck’s cargo.

A truck rollover accident can be devastating and cause a lot of damage to multiple drivers sharing the road, their passengers and their property. If you or someone you know has been involved in such an accident, you should hire an experienced truck accident attorney to help you build a strong case against the responsible party. Contact Tom Riley Law Firm today to schedule an appointment and discuss your legal options.