On average, 327,000 truck accidents occur annually. Each year, 15,000 truck rollover accidents involve commercial tractor-trailers.
Truck rollover accidents are common amongst larger vehicles such as light trucks and SUVs. This is because of their higher center of gravity. They are even more common amongst tractor-trailers, which are even more unstable.
Common causes of truck rollover accidents
An average passenger vehicle is considered to be a third more stable than the average tractor-trailer. Their high center of gravity combined with the length of the vehicle contributes to their instability making them prone to flipping.
There are two types of crashes:
- Tripped – these occur when the vehicle hits an obstacle such as another vehicle, a curb or traffic barrier.
- Untripped – these occur when the vehicle flips over as a result of centripetal and centrifugal forces caused by the momentum of the vehicle. Travelling at an excessively high speed often causes untripped rollovers to occur.
Some common causes of rollover accidents include:
- Poor loading of vehicles
- Taking turns too quickly
- Striking obstacles
- Mechanical failure
Finding fault in truck rollover accidents
You can seek to hold different parties liable for a truck rollover depending on what caused the rollover. You might have a claim against any of the following parties in a truck rollover case:
- The driver of the truck when the rollover accident occurred. The driver is likely to be held liable when the rollover occurred due to driver error.
- The maintenance team for not correcting a mechanical fault that resulted in the accident
- The manufacturer of a faulty part in the vehicle that was found to have caused the accident
- The personnel who loaded the cargo if it is determined that the cargo was loaded poorly and this caused the accident.
- The other driver if his or her behavior caused the truck to lose control
- The federal, state or local government if it is found that dangerous road conditions caused the rollover.
Filing a claim
Rollover accidents claims involving large commercial trucks are among the most complex for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the federal and state regulations that may apply. In addition, in many cases, you may have to file a claim against multiple parties in a truck-rollover case. However, you must prove negligence to determine liability in these cases. Accordingly, you should seek the assistance of a professional and experienced attorney such as Laurie Robbins to guide you. Attorney Laurie Robbins has the experience and the resources to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury in a rollover accident in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, please call us today for a free consultation.