Semitruck drivers have to ensure that they’re always driving safely. The large and heavy trucks can cause a lot of damage to other vehicles, especially when the trailer is fully loaded. One of the risks that these truckers have is that their rig will rollover. This can cause them to crush vehicles that are in the path of the vehicle.
There are many reasons why rollovers might occur. These include failing to properly assess the road conditions, such as not realizing that a curve is too tight for the truck’s current speed and not having time to compensate for those factors. This might occur if the driver is distracted by non-driving factors or if they are too tired to drive safely.
Another factor that can contribute to rollovers is improper loading and securement of the cargo. When cargo can shift, it can throw the trailer’s center of balance off. This may lead to the trailer pulling the truck into a roll.
Tanker trucks have a major risk of rolling over. The liquid inside can slosh and surge in a way that throws the trailer off balance. Most tankers have compartments within them to reduce the chance of this occurring; however, the risk increases if the tanker isn’t at or near capacity.
Victims who are injured in these crashes should ensure they know their rights. When negligence played a role in the crash, the liable parties can be held accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. This can help the victim to recover the costs of medical care, missed wages and other similar expenses that stem from the wreck.