A truck rollover accident is a particularly dangerous type of crash that can cause severe and often fatal injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, trucks tipping over on their side or roof accounted for 3.6% of all fatal truck crashes in 2020. Truck rollover accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, from the height and load of the truck to road conditions and configurations. In most cases, however, the driver’s actions or lack thereof are responsible for these tragic accidents.
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An experienced NYC truck rollover attorney can help you understand your legal options for seeking compensation. A truck accident lawyer could review the details of your case and determine who was liable for your damages, including the truck driver, the trucking company, or other parties such as a manufacturer of faulty components.
A major factor contributing to truck rollover crashes is speed. Trucks have a higher center of gravity than passenger vehicles, and driving them at excessive speeds increases their instability. Excessive speed deprives drivers of the time they need to perceive hazards and cautiously respond by adjusting their driving speeds. In fact, nearly half of all truck rollover crashes are related to speeding, with many involving curves on highway entrance and exit ramps.
Another common reason for a truck rollover accident is poor steering control. A truck’s high center of gravity can make it difficult to maintain control when negotiating turns or navigating a curve. Truck drivers who turn beyond the safe limit or swerve suddenly in response to an obstacle can also contribute to these accidents.
Finally, weather conditions like icy roads or rainy weather can increase the risk of truck accidents. Truck drivers often ignore weather warnings and continue driving, despite the dangers, because they need to meet their deadlines for getting their cargo to its destination. If the truck rolls over due to a sudden loss of control, it’s known as a “tripped” rollover.
An expert truck accident attorney can explain how to prevent these types of crashes, and what steps you should take if you are injured by a trucker who is acting negligently. Whenever possible, it’s best to avoid interacting with trucking companies and their insurance providers until you have discussed your case with an experienced attorney. These companies often have teams of highly-trained lawyers who are working to protect their employers’ interests and bottom lines, not yours.
If you are involved in a crash with a truck, contact us at Chaikin Trial Group immediately to speak with one of our experienced NYC truck accident lawyers. Our firm has years of experience winning big settlements for our clients. We’ll listen to your story, review your medical records and other evidence, and negotiate with the trucking company’s insurers on your behalf. We’ll never settle for less than what you deserve. Our firm’s attorneys are available 24/7. Call today to schedule your free case review. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.