Often, when we think of truck accidents, we envision the giant semi-trucks, tankers, and tractor-trailers. These truck accidents are extremely dangerous due to these vehicles’ large size and weight. However, truck accidents can involve all types of trucks, both commercial and not-commercial. Even when a truck is not as big as a tractor trailer or semi, they still tend to be heavy vehicles, and are often much larger than other motor vehicles on the road . Whether pickup trucks or commercial vehicles, truck accidents can result in serious personal injuries. This was the case recently when a U.S. mail truck as involved in a rollover accident in Plainfield.
According to ABC Chicago, two people were seriously injured in a mail truck rollover crash in the Chicago suburb of Plainfield. The accident occurred at Route 126 and County Line Road. According to the Plainfield Fire Department, the postal worker was driving eastbound on Route 126 and lost control of the mail truck. The truck then flipped over into oncoming traffic and was struck by a motor vehicle. The postal worker had to be airlifted to a hospital in serious condition, and the man in the other vehicle also had to be taken to a hospital for medical attention for serious personal injuries.
Rollovers are especially dangerous types of truck accidents, not only to truck drivers, but to others on the road as well. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, rollover accidents are so dangerous that they have a higher fatality rate than all other types of crashes. These crashes account for 33% of all passenger vehicle fatalities. Tall and narrow vehicles, like trucks and SUVS, are more likely to roll over because they have a high center of gravity. Speed is a major factor in rollovers, and 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding. Furthermore, about three-quarters of fatal rollovers took place where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher.
However, also according to the NHTSA, you can protect yourself from rollover crashes. Wearing a seat belt makes you 75% less likely to die from a rollover accident. Also, because taller and narrower vehicles are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident, you can increase your safety by changing your driving. With added precautions, such as driving slower and observing the speed limit, you can reduce the risk of causing a rollover crash. Also, data from the NHTSA shows that over 90% of vehicles in fatal rollovers were involved in routine driving, such as going straight or negotiating a curve. Because this is the case, the data suggests that it is driver behavior, like distraction and speeding, that plays a large role in rollover crashes. This means that by simply changing our driving behavior to be safer and more attentive to the road, rollover crashes can be drastically reduced, injuries prevented, and lives saved. Our attorneys urge all drivers to always use safe driving practices when on the road to protect themselves and others.