Most drivers on the road are aware of the damage that large commercial trucks can cause if they crash into another vehicle. However, the worst nightmare for many motorists is the idea of a large truck rolling over and causing catastrophic crushing damage to those involved.
Large trucks can be as much as 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles, and in fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that this difference in weight is one reason why most deaths in trucking accidents are passenger vehicle occupants. While road conditions and weather can play a part in rollovers, there are circumstances when the driver or the trucking company itself may be liable for the accident.
When the driver is negligent
Some rollover accidents can be the result of blatant negligence on the part of the truck driver. Distractions and recklessness, for example, can cause the driver to fail in upholding certain safety procedures when driving through inclement weather or poor road conditions.
When there are cargo issues
Excessive cargo or poor cargo distribution in a truck’s trailer can cause the entire vehicle to roll over during a turn. If cargo issues or poor weight distribution cause a rollover, the fault lies with the trucking company and their loading teams.
When there are faulty parts in play
Faulty parts such as damaged brakes, worn-down tires or defective steering systems can also lead to sudden rollover accidents. These issues are the responsibility of the trucking company’s maintenance crews or the parts manufacturers which the company partners with.
It is impossible for other drivers to know when a large truck might have issues that are likely to cause a rollover. Individuals who do experience a rollover accident do have the right to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering, though.