If you were struck by an “out of control” truck, a semi that rolled over, or a semi-truck spilling cargo into the road, chances are that the truck was improperly loaded. If the trailer contents are not secured well or the truck has been loaded beyond its capacity, it has a much greater chance of tipping over.
How to Determine Liability in a Rollover Truck Crash
In order to find out who is at fault for a truck rollover crash, you must determine who was negligent in loading the cargo. Responsible parties can start with the driver and the trucking company, but may also involve a third-party loading company or the independent owner of the vehicle.
After a rollover crash, you should have the accident investigated to see of any one of these things could have played a part in the accident:
- Insufficient truck driver training – Companies may be responsible for failure to train employees.
- Faulty brakes – Overloading places a significant strain on brakes and brake pads.
- Improper placement of cargo – Such as placing items in the cab or on the passenger’s seat.
- Defective ties, tarps, or belts used to secure cargo – Poor maintenance or use of worn-out equipment.
- Use of improper cargo securing equipment – Such as unapproved tie-downs.
- Tire blowouts – Excess weight can cause a truck’s tires to burst.
- Faulty door latches – Can cause cargo to spill onto the road.
- Sharp road curves – Overloaded trucks are more likely to rollover when making a turn.
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