Statistically, rollover accidents produce some of the highest rates of injuries and fatalities of any traffic accident. As either single-vehicle accidents or multi-vehicle collisions, rollovers are extremely dangerous. When commercial carriers – including 18-wheelers and tractor trailers – are involved in rollovers, the potential for widespread harm is elevated.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry – more than 78% of rollovers involve driver error. Most rollover accidents are also preventable and avoidable. Because trucks are large vehicles, truck drivers need to exercise the highest standards of caution and care in order to reduce risks of preventable rollovers.
In order to reduce rollover risks, truck drivers are required to complete various driving and safety training courses. Part of this training shows truck drivers how to:
- Avoid sudden moves or unsafe lane changes that can lead to rollovers
- Control loads and trailers in turns and straight roadways
- Identify potential hazards and high risk areas on roadways
- Remain alert and attentive
- Control speed and driving behavior
Ensuring that drivers are properly trained can greatly reduce the risk of rollovers and truck accidents. Additionally, truck drivers and trucking companies can further reduce risks by complying with other federal regulations and laws, including:
- Proper loading and securing of cargo
- Proper vehicle maintenance
Whatever the situation may be, victims injured in rollover accidents involving commercial vehicles must be able to prove that the accident was more likely than not caused by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. When it can be shown that drivers or companies failed to comply with laws or uphold an acceptable standard of care, they can be held liable for any physical, financial, and / or emotional damages victims suffered.
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured in a truck rollover accident, a Houston truck accident lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm is prepared to review your case and discuss your right to compensation. Call (713) 364-0915 for a free consultation.