On our truck accident blog we frequently remind readers of the dangers of truck accidents, especially those involving large trucks such as semis. A major reason these accidents are so dangerous is the size of the trucks as they are extremely large in height and weight. Oftentimes, these traits of a truck leave victims involved in collisions with these vehicles facing life-threatening or permanent personal injuries. However, it is important to consider that the purpose of large trucks is often to carry significant amounts of cargo. When a truck is transporting cargo and winds up in an accident, this cargo can spill and become an additional danger to people or the environment and may require intensive cleanup to make the roadways safe for travel again.
According to a recent story by CBS Chicago, a beer truck was in a rollover accident on I-65. As a result of rolling over, the semi-truck spilled part of its load and blocked the northbound traffic. According to reports, the truck driver was heading north in the left lane of I-65 when, upon adjusting his radio, the truck drifted off the roadway. The driver then overcorrected to the right and lost control of the semi. The truck then went into the median, rolled over, and slid approximately 200 feet. The driver has been cited for unsafe lane movement.
As our readers are well aware, distracted driving is a major factor in truck and motor vehicle accidents. As exemplified in this rollover accident, it takes only a moment for a serious collision to occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. Looking away from the road for just a few seconds can result in drifting or not noticing the need to stop to avoid collision. Oftentimes, when the driver realizes that something is wrong, it can be too late and the driver will panic and end up in a collision.
Because tall and narrow vehicles like trucks and SUVs are most likely to roll over, it is especially important that the drivers of these vehicles keep focus and avoid distractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, common causes of rollover accidents include not only vehicle type, but speed and behavior as well. About ¾ of all fatal rollover crashes have occurred where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher. Furthermore, when a driver is distracted, they then have less time to react in an emergency situation. Therefore, they are likely to react in a panicked manner, which can lead to overcorrection, like in this accident, and result in rolling over.
Instead of being distracted or panicked, there are ways that drivers can minimize the risk and injury of rollover accidents. Also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is important that drivers avoid panicked reactions when facing a potential collision or accident. At highway speeds, panicked reactions such as overcorrecting or excessive steering may cause the driver to lose control. In vehicles like trucks and SUVs that have a higher center of gravity than smaller passenger vehicles, this can cause the vehicle to slide sideways and rollover off the road or into the median, which is often ironically the exact end result the driver was trying to avoid with the panicked reaction.
Highway truck accidents can be dangerous, especially when a rollover incident is involved. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a truck accident, it is important to seek the help of a legal professional. Through legal action you may be able to recover compensation and hold liable the driver who negligently caused the accident and your resulting injuries. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to speak with you.