A truck goes around a curve, driving three miles per hour under the speed limit. There is no wind. The road is free of ice and snow. The driver is awake, alert and paying attention.
Even so, the truck gets off balance and rolls, falling into oncoming traffic. Three people are injured as their cars slam into the far larger commercial vehicle. What happened?
There are multiple potential reasons, from roadway defects to vehicle defects, like a defective tire that gives way right as the truck enters the curve in the roadway. However, one major reason that studies have found are issues with loads.
Common problems occur when drivers do not properly account for security, weight or height.
Experts have noted that these issues are made worse when loading happens before a driver is assigned to that specific truck. If the driver is there and assists with the loading, he or she will have a better idea of the weight and other factors. The driver can make sure the load is secure.
If the driver is simply given a truck that has already been loaded, a simple miscommunication could lead to a crash. For instance, the load team assumes the driver will finish securing the load. The driver assumes the load team already did so. When the truck enters the curve, the load shifts inside the truck and causes it to roll.
Those who are injured in these accidents need to know all of their legal options to seek financial compensation. It is important to determine exactly why the crash happened and who was really at fault.
Source: NCBI, “Analysis of Large Truck Rollover Crashes,” A. James McKnight, accessed Feb. 02, 2018