As our readers know, rollover accidents are incredibly dangerous. Often occurring in large tall vehicles like trucks and SUVs, these accidents can cause drivers and passengers to suffer serious personal injury or death due to the violent nature of these crashes. These accidents can and do occur to both commercial and regular drivers alike. Furthermore, as Chicago and the surrounding area is heavy with traffic going in and out of the city on our large and busy interstates and highways, rollover accidents are unfortunately common in our area as well.
According to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, one person was killed in a rollover accident that occurred on I-57 in Markham. The accident took place at 159th street and shut down all lanes of traffic on the highway. Preliminary information indicates that the dump truck appeared to have rolled over the left side of the concrete median on the road, according to the Illinois State Police. After rolling over, the truck set on fire, and trapped the driver inside.
As made evident by this example, the aftermath of rollover accidents can also pose hazards to those surrounding the accident. Here, the truck immediately caught fire as a result of the rollover, killing the driver and posing harm to all who were close by. Furthermore, as a result of rolling over, the dump truck spilled its cargo all over the highway, resulting in a danger to those driving through. Upon rolling over, the dump truck spilled a significant amount of gravel throughout the lanes. Other rollover accidents pose similar threats, from spilled cargo, to presenting obstacles and hazards to other drivers from debris.
According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are safety measures and driving maneuvers to prevent a rollover accident from occurring. First, it is important that in the moment an accident may occur that a driver avoid panic-like steering. Rollover accidents often occur when a driver overcorrects steering in a panic reaction. Because rollover accidents often occur on highways where vehicles travel at high speeds, this panic reaction can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and tip over.
Second, proper maneuvering of a vehicle can prevent it from tipping over. If a vehicle feels like it is leaving the roadway, it is important to gradually reduce speed. Only after speed is reduced is it safe to ease the vehicle back onto the road.
Third, having correct tire pressure and knowing loading limits also prevent rollover accidents. Many people do not realize that when tires are not properly inflated that they pose a danger because they prevent a driver’s ability to keep control of a vehicle. Worn tires can also cause vehicles to slide sideways, especially on wet and slippery surfaces. A driver should also be knowledgeable about the load imits for their vehicle. Cargo that is placed on the roof will be above the vehicle’s center of gravity and increase the likelihood of a rollover.
Fourth, always use caution, especially on rural roads where rollover accidents are likely to occur. Approximately 75% of all rollover accidents occur on rural roads. Such accidents are most likely to occur on rural roads and highways. In rural areas, a vehicle can easily tip over when it hits a ditch or embankment, or oven on soft soil.
Our attorneys want all drivers and passengers to be safe on the roads. However, we also understand that sometimes no matter how safe a driver is, accidents can still happen due to the negligence of others on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to hold them liable in a lawsuit. Call our law firm today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you with your case.