How to Reduce Large Truck Rollover Accidents
A truck that rolls over onto its side or rolls and tumbles upon itself in circles is called a rollover crash. When small passenger vehicles are involved in rollover accidents with large 18-wheelers, the potential they have for sustaining massive destruction and harm is exponentially increased. Victims of large truck rollover accidents often face tremendous medical expenses, the complete annihilation of personal property, inability to work because of extensive injuries, major pain, and suffering, as well as death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that at least 100 deaths will result annually from large truck rollover accidents.
If you have been the victim of an Arizona large truck rollover accident, obtaining as much compensation as possible is necessary to help you pay for your damages, heal from your injuries, and move on with your life. The Arizona large truck accident attorneys at ELG will fight aggressively on your behalf so you get paid for all the damages you had to suffer after your accident experience.
How Large Truck Rollover Accidents Happen and How to Prevent Them
A truck may be subject to a rollover incident if the truck is improperly loaded throwing its trailer off balance. If a truck driver loses control of their rig while driving at a high rate of speed a rollover can take place. Very high winds can also put pressure on these large trailers and push them over onto their side. When a large truck and another vehicle are at risk of a head-on collision both vehicles may try to quickly turn out of harm’s way and in the process, the trailer can be thrown off-kilter and thrown into a spiral rolling over and over again.
In these situations, the driver of the truck is at increased risk for serious injuries if not death. Should smaller passenger vehicles get caught up in a large truck rollover incident, the outcomes will often be life-altering and catastrophic for the occupants of these vehicles. According to the traffic safety statistics, every year there will be at least 15,000 rollover incidents. Large rollover accidents account for approximately 4% of all the reported trucking accidents but are responsible for over 12% of all the deaths that result from reported trucking accidents.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 78% of rollover accidents are the result of driver misjudgments and errors. According to the research done by the FMCSA, the Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and in coordination with key industry partners it was found that proper training and responsible truck drivers are the most important part of stopping rollover accidents.
Comprehensive training programs that teach truck drivers how to reduce the risk of large truck rollover accidents will include the following:
- Learning ways to avert quick, sudden movements while driving
- How to operate your rig in a way that controls the load for both turns and when driving straight
- Know how to spot road hazards that can cause rollovers
- The importance of staying focused on the road and alert
- Controlling your rig with your speed and with speed cushions
Speak with an Arizona Truck Accident Attorney Today
Victims of Arizona 18-wheeler accidents increase their chances of obtaining a high settlement after their accident experience by working with the Pheonix large truck accident attorneys at ELG. Call the Arizona large truck accident attorneys at ELG today to schedule your free consultation at (623) 877-3600.