What causes rollover truck accidents?

Truck rollovers are a major danger on the highways today. We rely on semi-trucks to transport all manner of goods, some of them hazardous. Crude oil, gasoline and flammable gases are just some of the dangerous items that can be on board. Can you imagine the harm that can be done if a truck rolls over with one of these products in its cargo tank? To prevent injury and death to those drivers who happen to be in the way when this occurs, it is important to know what is true about rollovers and what is false.

There are three main myths that are prevalent today. The first one is that poor driving conditions cause rollovers. You might believe that cargo tank rollovers would happen at night or in poor weather. This is not true. Less than four percent of rollovers are caused by roadway and environmental reasons. Fifty-six percent occur on straight roads.

The next belief is that speeding and careless driving is a major factor in rollovers. The truth is that less than half of rollovers are caused by speeding trucks. Only 28 percent of all cargo accidents occur because of speeding.

The final myth that is believed is that inexperienced drivers are the reason. Not true; 66 percent of rollovers involve drivers who have more than 10 years of experience. Many rollovers happen to drivers who are between the ages of 25 and 55.

The real reason for rollovers that cause injury and death to cars and people is driver error. 78 percent of all rollovers involved driver error. 90 percent of the time, the rollover is not the first time it has happened to the driver involved.

Knowing how to drive when you are on the road with trucks hauling dangerous chemicals is important. If you have been injured in a truck accident you know how long it can take to recover.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Cargo Tank Rollover," accessed Sep. 23, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Injured In A Car Wreck? We Can Help!

  • Calls & Emails Returned Within 24 Hours
  • FREE Initial Consultation
Get A FREE Consultation

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “David made a claim with my insurance company and we ended up getting $55,000.00 from both insurance companies. David got all my bills and liens reduced and I was able to put about $20,000.00 in the bank after my bills were paid.” Julie J. in Memphis

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • BBB Accredited Business | BBB Rating: A+
  • Avvo Client Choice 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell | PEER RATED | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability | 2017
  • David Alan GoldReviewsout of 18 reviews

Don’t Wait. Get A Free Consultation Now. Submit the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to schedule your consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Back to Top