Semi-truck Rollover Accidents
The injuries and property damage caused by truck accidents tend to be severe. But when you combine the weight and size of a semi-truck with a rollover accident, catastrophic injuries are more likely to occur.
In addition to the physical damages caused by a truck accident, victims may be left with emotional trauma and steep financial losses. It is important for accident victims to know that they have a right to seek financial compensation for their losses if another person or party was responsible for the accident.
The experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm can help victims of semi-truck rollover accidents collect the maximum compensation they are due for damages. Contact our Melbourne, FL practice for a case review.
Causes of Rollover Accidents
A rollover accident describes any incident in which a vehicle rolls onto its side or completely over onto its roof. Any vehicle can be involved in a rollover accident, but trucks are especially vulnerable to this type of accident because they tend to be top-heavy.
Aside from the natural weight distribution of commercial trucks, common causes of semi-truck rollover accidents include:
- Improperly loaded cargo: The primary role of a semi-truck is to carry cargo from one location to another. There are rules and regulations regarding how cargo must be loaded to keep the weight of the truck as balanced as possible. If cargo is loaded improperly, it can increase the risk of a rollover accident.
- Steering issues: Rollover accidents are a real risk when a truck makes a sudden turn. This type of maneuver is often related to steering issues. Either the steering mechanisms may fail or the driver is inexperienced and makes a steering error.
- Distracted or negligent driving: The majority of truck accidents are caused by driver error, most commonly distracted or negligent driving. Common types of distracted driving among truck drivers include texting, talking on a cell phone, or falling asleep at the wheel.
Injuries in Rollover Accidents
Unfortunately, when a semi-truck rollover accident occurs, the occupants of any object or vehicle in its path are in danger. A large percentage of semi-truck rollover accidents result in wrongful death. Even if accident victims are fortunate enough to survive their injuries, they are likely to suffer from catastrophic injuries that involve long-term consequences.
Some injuries that can result from truck accidents include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
If driver negligence, reckless driving, improperly loaded cargo, improper training, or vehicle malfunction leads to a semi-truck rollover accident, the truck driver or trucking company may be held liable for any resulting damages.
Trucking companies often have an experienced legal team on their side, ready to argue deniability. The best way for accident victims to protect their legal right to financial compensation for damages is to work with their own legal representatives. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm work on their clients’ behalf to prove fault in an accident and collect maximum compensation for damages.
If you have been injured in a semi-truck rollover accident, and would like to know more about your legal options, contact us at your earliest convenience.