As our frequent readers know, truck accidents often lead to serious personal injuries and deaths of victims. Knowing how dangerous these truck accidents are to the average adult, then consider the impact on the lives and safety of children and the elderly who are more vulnerable due to being physically smaller and possibly frailer. When these people are involved in a collision, the impact of the accident can be much more serious for them. Knowing this reality, it is even more important for us to work together to stop negligent and reckless driving behaviors and to encourage education of safe driving and awareness of roadway hazards. In this way, we can protect those most vulnerable and prevent future accidents.
According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, a 12-year-old was killed in a semitrailer rollover crash in Kane County. She was riding in a truck, driven by her father, when the truck left the road and rolled onto its side. The girl, who was ejected from the cab of the semi-truck, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her father was taken to a local hospital. No other vehicles were involved in this crash, and police are continuing investigation. The report does not indicate whether the girl was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Rollover accidents can be fatal regardless of whether the accident is a multi-vehicle crash or a single vehicle crash like in this incident. According the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a vehicle is classified as rolling over if it tips onto its side or roof at any time during the crash. Many rollovers, like the one in the above article, happen when a vehicle leaves the roadway, causing occupants to be ejected from the vehicle, which increases the likelihood of a fatality. Additionally, over three-quarters of fatal rollovers are single-vehicle crashes. In 2013 alone, 5,814 passenger vehicle occupants died in single-vehicle rollover crashes.
Rollovers in large SUVS, trucks and tractor trailers are common because these vehicles are top heavy. Drivers and passengers in these types of vehicles should be aware of this and adjust their safety practices accordingly. Our attorneys encourage all drivers to learn more about what they can do to avoid a rollover crash. A person’s chances of surviving a rollover accident greatly increase when they use a seatbelt properly. Drivers should be focused on the road at all times, not on distractions like phones, passengers or mp3 players. Additionally, drivers should be sure to avoid excess speeds, which can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, leave the roadway, and cause the vehicle to roll over. When making turns, especially in large vehicles that are tall and more likely to roll over, drivers should slow down so that the turn may be completed safely. Taking any step to increase safety is always worth any hassle, especially when it protects those we love.