If you ever drive on the highway, you are bound to see semi-trucks. Many of them are driven and maintained reasonably and responsibly, but not all of them are. Due to its sheer size and weight, the margin for error may be smaller than a car, and one relatively small mistake can lead to serious consequences. And while all semi-truck crashes are dangerous, our truck accident attorneys at Hobbs Law Group know that rollover accidents can cause even more destruction.
What Causes Rollover Crashes?
There are many potential causes of a rollover semi-truck accident. Some of them may be the fault of the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, or another driver– and some may not be anyone’s fault at all. Here are some of the most common causes that our attorneys at Hobbs Law Group have observed over the years:
- The truck’s excessive speed is a common cause, particularly as the truck is navigating a curve in the road. Sometimes the driver misjudges how fast to take the curve.
- Speed may also play a role when the truck’s cargo is unstable or improperly loaded, as the cargo can cause a truck’s already-high center of gravity to shift, which may lead to a rollover.
- Distracted driving is another cause, which may take the form of texting while driving, losing focus while changing the radio dial, or eating while driving.
- Falling asleep at the wheel and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol should never happen with truck drivers, but unfortunately, it does.
- Loss of control caused by oversteering when changing lanes, swerving harder than necessary to avoid an object in the road, overcorrection, or understeering.
- Other drivers’ negligent acts may cause the truck to collide with them or swerve to avoid hitting them.
- Defective truck parts, such as brakes or tires, fail and cause the truck to rollover.
- Inclement weather can sometimes cause accidents that are not the fault of anyone.
Who is Liable for a Rollover Semi-Truck Accident
Several different parties may be liable for a rollover semi-truck accident. As noted above, one possible defendant is the truck driver, who may run a red light, fall asleep at the wheel, or improperly secure their cargo.
Another potential defendant is the driver’s employer. Federal regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can work during a shift. However, companies face pressure to meet the bottom line—which does not always comply with these regulations. If a driver has exceeded the limit, gets behind the wheel without proper training, or the truck is not adequately maintained, the trucking company may be liable.
If certain parts or systems of the truck malfunction and cause a crash, then the manufacturers of those parts may be held liable. Perhaps a brand-new tire blows out, or the brakes are defective. Either one could easily cause a rollover accident.
While truck drivers certainly make mistakes on the road, so do drivers of regular passenger vehicles. When that happens, it can cause the truck to rollover and inflict serious damage. If another driver caused the crash, they would be liable.
Focused on our Clients and the Results They Deserve
Our truck accident lawyers at Hobbs Law Group strongly urge rollover semi-truck accident victims to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. They can immediately and thoroughly investigate the cause of your crash– and begin to determine which entities may be liable. Over the past decade, we have recovered more than $10 million in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, who have come to trust our smart representation, superior client service, and the focus on results.
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If you or a loved one have been injured, call our semi-truck accident lawyers at Hobbs Law Group today to arrange a complimentary case review. You will never pay our firm anything unless you win your case.