Large trucks are a common sight on interstates and city roads. While you know that trucks are essential to move goods through Montana and across the country, you are also aware that they can pose a danger to you and your family, especially when you are traveling at high speeds. You might wonder if rollovers are one of these dangers.
Any vehicle can roll over at high speeds or in adverse conditions, but semis and other large trucks pose significant dangers due to their size. Some accidents of this nature are unavoidable, but many rollovers could have been prevented. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 78 percent of truck rollover accidents involved a driver error. Such preventable mistakes might include the following:
- Driving above the posted speed limit or too fast for road and weather conditions
- Taking a turn too quickly or tightly
- Driving while intoxicated, distracted or tired
- Improperly loading the cargo
- Failing to maintain the truck’s tires or brakes
As winter approaches, drivers in Montana will also have to contend with rainy, snowy and icy weather, which can make it easier for a truck driver to lose control and tip over. Other vehicles that are caught in a rollover accident may be crushed by the truck or be unable to stop in time to avoid crashing. You may also be involved in a serious multi-vehicle chain reaction accident when a truck rolls on the freeway.
If a truck driver’s negligence led to your injuries, you may be eligible to seek compensation.