What Causes Semi-Trucks to Rollover?
Semi-trucks differ in many ways from the passenger vehicles with which they share the road. One of these ways is the fact that their higher center of gravity makes them more prone to serious rollover accidents. When a truck rolls over, it no longer has its tires in contact with the ground, making it impossible for the driver to control it. As a result, these kinds of accidents can cause extremely serious injuries and widespread destruction.
When rollover accidents are caused by the negligence of a truck driver or another party that is responsible for the safe operation of the truck, victims are often entitled to compensation under Georgia law. Some of the more common causes of rollover accidents that are attributable to negligence are discussed below.
Unbalanced or Poorly Secured Cargo
Unbalanced cargo can easily cause a semi-truck to rollover. Basic physics dictates that cargo riding in a truck’s trailer will exert force in its former direction of travel when the truck turns. This can create forces at the top of the trailer forcing it from side to side, particularly in sharp turns. If sufficient, these forces can cause a truck’s trailer to completely tip over.
Additionally, cargo that is properly balanced may nonetheless shift if it is improperly secured. For this reason, improperly secured cargo can be just as dangerous as improperly balanced cargo when it comes to causing rollover accidents.
Truck Driver Error
Truck driver error is another significant cause of serious rollover accidents. For example, a truck driver that is driving in high winds should likely cease operating the vehicle if there is a significant risk that the winds could cause the trailer to roll over onto its side. Similarly, truck drivers can force a truck to rollover if they take turns while driving too fast.
If you have been injured in an accident that involved a commercial truck that rolled over, you should speak to an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Cumming truck accident lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today at 770-887-3162 or send us an email through our online contact form.