Truck Rollovers and Tip-Over Accidents: Common Causes

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Truck rollover accidents are dangerous to both the truck driver and other motorists in their vicinity on the roadway. A truck driver’s carelessness can change the course of your life in a matter of seconds. If you have been injured in a rollover truck accident, you will have to fight to maximize your financial compensation.

In our experience, the insurance company will not simply give you the money that you deserve. Horton & Mendez Injury Attorneys have established a track record of helping injured truck accident clients like you as you seek to take on the trucking company and their insurance carrier. Contact our truck accident attorneys today.

Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents

Truck drivers need to continuously adjust their driving to remain safe. All it takes is one brief mistake for a truck driver to lose control of their vehicle.

Some common causes of rollover accidents include:

  • Speeding: The truck driver is more likely to lose control of their vehicle when they are traveling at a higher speed. They may take turns too quickly or not slow down approaching a turn. When trying to correct course, the truck driver could cause the vehicle to roll over.
  • Over or under steering: Commercial vehicles require precise steering, especially when the driver is making a turn or changing lanes. If a driver steers late, and tries to overcompensate, the vehicle may roll over.
  • Careless cargo loading: The truck needs to have a proper center of gravity to keep traveling in a straight line. If the cargo is not tied down or if the load is not centered properly, the truck driver could lose control.
  • Distracted driving: The truck driver may not have their eyes on the road and could miss their prompt and opportunity to approach the turn correctly. By then, they may need to oversteer, leading to a rollover. The truck can travel almost two entire football fields in the amount of time that it takes for a driver to send or read a text.
  • Defective truck parts: There is very little margin for error for both the driver and the truck itself. Steering is one part of the truck that can cause a rollover accident. In addition, faulty suspension can lead to an accident. Perhaps the most common cause of rollover accidents is tire blowouts. Even the most experienced truck driver might struggle to control the vehicle after a blowout.

In some cases, there may be little that the truck driver can do to avoid a rollover accident.

There can still be numerous ways that their rollover winds up harming you as an innocent motorist.

A truck can roll over onto or collide with a passenger car. Truck rollovers may even collect several cars in the crash as the tractor-trailer is laid out across the roadway. Finally, a truck rollover can lead to dangerous cargo spilling on the roadway and causing other cars to crash.

Common Truck Rollover Accident Injuries

Truck rollover accidents are extremely dangerous. If a truck tips over onto your car, or otherwise strikes it in an accident, you may suffer the following injuries:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions

Given the long-term and often permanent impact a rollover accident leaves on the body, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Investigating the Causes of Truck Tip-Overs

Your lawyer can conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of the truck roll over accident. There is a possibility that there could be more than one defendant for you to sue in a lawsuit. The main benefit of multiple defendants is that there is more insurance coverage and assets available to pay for your injuries.

In addition to the trucking company, other possible defendants in a rollover accident case include:

  • The manufacturer of the truck or a truck part in a product liability lawsuit
  • A third-party cargo loader that was negligent when loading cargo onto the truck
  • A third driver whose actions caused the truck driver to roll over
  • Mechanics who service the truck and did poor work

The court would apportion liability between the parties. On the flip side, there may be multiple insurance companies involved, making your case much more complex. It makes legal sense for you to add anyone possible to the lawsuit.

The most likely defendant in a truck rollover accident police is the trucking company. If the driver has made an error as an operator, their employer is liable for their negligence. The trucking company often carries more than $1 million in insurance, and they have a significant amount of assets that can be used to pay for your damages if they do not have enough insurance coverage.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You

When you hire Horton & Mendez Injury Attorneys for your truck accident case, we may do the following:

  • Investigate the cause of the rollover accident and gather evidence that can be used to prove fault
  • Work with the relevant experts to determine the amount of your truck accident damages
  • File an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf
  • Negotiate compensation with the insurance company in a settlement agreement
  • Continue to build your legal case to put you in a stronger position, either in front of the jury or in settlement negotiations

Contact a Wilmington Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in any type of truck accident, Horton & Mendez Injury Attorneys are known as tenacious fighters who do not rest until they have obtained the best possible results for their clients. The first thing that you need to do, after taking care of your health, is to contact our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.

You can send us a message online, or you can call us today at 910-405-7751. We never ask for any money upfront, and we will never send you bills for our time during your case.

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