Due to their size, speed, and sometimes hazardous cargo, when trucks rollover on roadways because of negligent or reckless behavior, the results can be catastrophic.
On average, 4,000 people are killed and nearly 100,000 are injured every year in accidents involving large commercial trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Because commercial tractor-trailers have a high center of gravity and the tend to carry unstable loads, they are more susceptible to rollover accidents than smaller passenger vehicles. There are an estimated 15,000 rollover accidents each year involving large commercial trucks.
According to the NHTSA, rollover accidents are one of the deadliest types of crashes among all vehicle types. When a truck weighing over 80,000 pounds rolls over, the consequences can be devastating for the driver and any passenger vehicles caught in its path. Rollover accidents involving large trucks are incredibly violent events, which increase the likelihood of a vehicle leaving the roadway and being ejected from the vehicle.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck, you likely have significant losses as a result. Our experienced Houston trucking accident lawyers can help. Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at 281-283-8500 to find out how we can help you recover the maximum compensation possible in your case.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents are trucking accidents that are typically caused by driver error and are preventable in most cases. In 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted an in-depth analysis of large truck rollover accidents to determine the contributing factors in these events.
The FMCSA found that rollover accidents involving large trucks are commonly caused by the following factors:
- Driving too fast when approaching curves or turns
- Poor road surface conditions (e.g. slippery surfaces and long downgrades)
- Following too closely
- Failure to properly maintain brakes or suspension
- Distracted Truck Drivers
- Truck driver fatigue
- Over-steering or overcorrecting after drifting off road or out of the appropriate lane
- Unstable or unsecured loads
- Under-inflated tires
- Medical condition of the driver
- Reckless driving
Dangers of Tanker Truck Rollovers
There are an approximately 1,265 cargo tank rollovers each year in the United States. According to the FMCSA, 31 percent of all large truck rollovers involve tanker trucks. Even more alarming is that 75 percent of tanker truck rollover crashes are caused by unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving and excessive speeding.
The three biggest factors in cargo tank rollovers are:
- Driver error – Drowsiness and inattention are responsible for 1 in 5 cargo tank rollovers
- Vehicle Condition – In one study, 54 percent of cargo tank rollovers involved trucks that had a brake defect.
- Load Size – The slosh and surge effect of partial liquid loads can reduce rollover stability.
Cargo tanker rollovers are even more dangerous when hazardous materials are involved. This is why federal regulations mandate that cargo tanker trucks be equipped with certain devices that will protect against leakage in the event of a rollover accident.
Injuries in Rollover Accidents Involving Large Trucks
Common types of serious injuries we see in rollover truck accidents include:
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Crushed or severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring lacerations
- Internal organ injuries or bleeding
- Wrongful death
How Our Houston Rollover Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you have suffered an injury in a trucking accident, you need an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer by your side. The Houston truck accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have helped people severely injured in rollover truck accidents recover the compensation they deserve.
With the help of one of our skilled and knowledgeable truck accident lawyers, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
We have more than four decades of experience handling truck accident claims in Texas and we have obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of our clients. We fight for the maximum compensation possible in every truck accident case and we have the resources it takes to hold trucking companies and their drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.
Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at 281-283-8500 for a free case evaluation.