Did you know that someone is seriously injured or killed in a trucking accident every 16 minutes? Large trucks are much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than passenger vehicles due to their size and lack of maneuverability on the road. However, 18 wheelers and semi-trucks are an important part of transporting commercial and industrial products across the United States and the number of commercial trucks is expected to increase.
Rollovers are one of the most common and deadly types of trucking accidents. Of all multi-vehicle truck rollover accidents, 98% involved a fatality or serious injury, usually to the driver of the smaller vehicle. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System found that the number rollover accidents accounted for 17% of all truck crashes in 1997 and increased to 21% by 2002. Even the number of passenger vehicle rollovers has increased. In fact, as many as 10,000 people die each year in vehicle rollover accidents.
A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Study found that of the 239 rollover truck accidents that were investigated, there were four main causes of rollovers that could have been prevent.
- Failing to adjust speed to curves in the road (accounted for half of truck rollover accidents)
- Inattentiveness on the part of the trucker
- Failure to take in to account the size of load
As drivers of passenger vehicles, we can do our part to reduce the number of truck accidents by being alert when passing a large truck and avoid its blind spots. Also, drivers should leave plenty of room between their car and the truck and avoiding cutting off a truck in traffic or on the highway. By doing these things, we can reduce the number of rollover accidents on the road.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck rollover accident, please call our experienced Kansas City trucking attorneys at 816-471-5111. You can also order a free copy of our book, "Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim," for more information