Although on the outside all semi-trucks might appear similar, their cargo can vary significantly. This can be important to other motorists as trucks carrying toxic chemicals can pose an even greater threat of harm when driven negligently. This is particularly true in the event of a truck rollover.
More than 78 percent of truck rollovers are caused by errant driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends that truckers watch a safety video to ensure they are safely operating their vehicles. Amongst the tips offered to truckers is to avoid sudden vehicle movements, controlling loads during turns, identifying risky areas on the roadway, remaining alert while driving and controlling speed to prevent accidents. Although these may seem like common sense issues to consider, they are often overlooked, which can prove tragic since these matters are even more important when operating a truck or vehicle carrying hazardous materials.
Although not all truck rollovers are caused by negligence, the vast majority of them are. When these accidents occur, innocent individuals are often left with significant injuries. Medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and disfigurement can all take a toll and leave a victim struggling to see a bright future ahead.
Individuals harmed by the negligence of another may have legal options. They may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the errant trucker who harmed them, as well as the company that hired the trucker. Victims may need to get more information in order to help them to recover compensation for the full extent of their injuries.
Source: FMCSA, “Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention,” accessed on Feb. 1, 2016