The truth behind rollover wrecks

There are certain myths associated with truck rollovers. Below are three of the most commonly believed myths, according to the Cargo Tank Roll Stability Study in 2007.

1) Rollovers are usually caused by less than optimal driving conditions like rain, night driving, on and off ramps, curves in the road, etc.

Statistics show that fewer than 4 percent of these single vehicle rollovers are attributed to the environmental or roadway conditions. More than half occur on on straight roads and about two-thirds happen during daylight hours. An overwhelming 93 percent of rollovers happen on dry highways.

2) More rollovers happen when drivers are careless and speed.

Speeding contributes to only 28 percent of the total cargo tank accidents.

3) Rollovers only occur to drivers without a lot of experience.

About 66 percent of rollovers happen to drivers with over 10 years of experience driving big rigs. The majority of rollovers happen to drivers who are 25-55.

Driver error is the cause of 78 percent of rollovers, In 90 percent of the cases, the rollover isn’t the initial event, which means that another dangerous event preceded the rollover. Inattention and drowsiness combined cause one-fifth of rollovers with cargo tanks. Tankers that run off the highway due to driver inattention is the primary cause of serious collisions.

The condition of the truck can be a factor in rollovers. A study found that 54 percent had defective brakes. The size of the load can play a role, as 63 percent of rollovers happened when trucks carried only a partial load and there was a “slosh and surge” effect.

No matter the reason behind the wreck, if you are injured by a rig that rolled over, you are entitle to pursue claims for damages.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, “Myths & Truths,” accessed Oct. 21, 2015