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Why are truck rollovers so dangerous?

| May 22, 2019 | Truck Accidents

Most of us have driven past a harrowing accident at some point. Some of the most frightening ones involve large trucks. The sheer size of semis, as well as the speed these trucks attain on the freeways, can result in devastating accidents. You and other Georgia residents may want to know the details on rollover accidents, which can be especially dangerous in multi-vehicle situations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains that truck rollovers are often the result of truck driver error, although numerous factors can result in a truck tipping or rolling. What exactly is a truck rollover, you may wonder? These are situations in which a truck loses control and either topples onto its side or rolls several times. Truck rollovers are particularly dangerous because other vehicles can be crushed if they happen to be in the path of a tipping truck. Vehicles driving behind a truck that has rolled can also be caught in a chain reaction crash.

The following factors can cause a truck to tip or roll:

  • Adverse weather, especially ice, high winds or rain
  • Poor road conditions, such as potholes or water on the roadway
  • Turning too sharply or driving too fast for conditions
  • Changing lanes too abruptly
  • A blown tire or brake failure
  • Improperly loaded or shifting cargo

You can take several precautions to reduce your chances of being caught in a truck rollover accident, such as keeping a respectful distance behind a semi and passing carefully. However, not all accidents can be prevented, and you may be eligible for compensation if a truck driver is at fault. This information is not meant to serve as legal advice.