Truck rollovers are among the most dangerous types of auto accidents. Semi-trucks are not only large, they are also often carrying large amounts of cargo. The combination of certain factors and the shifting of cargo can cause a significant accident. It is important to understand the dangers that semi-trucks pose to the unwary driver and what to do if the worst should happen.
How Trucks Rollover
When you are driving with grocery bags in your car, if you turn too sharply or brake too hard, the bags shift. The same thing happens to cargo when a semi-truck moves or brakes in a way that shifts the center of gravity. On a semi-truck, the center of gravity is much higher up than on the average vehicle. Since it is top heavy, the trailer can easily roll or flip, causing pile ups and multiple car accidents.
What to Do
Any auto accident involving a semi-truck will likely result in injuries. Make sure that you and your passengers are safe and get the medical attention you need before taking any further action. Try to gather information throughout the time you are on the scene, so that you have evidence for your insurance claims. After you have been treated for your injuries and you and your family are safe, you need to contact insurance companies and a personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Semi-truck auto accidents can be the fault of a number of parties. It could be a mechanical failure, which could be the negligence of the driver, the owner of the truck, or the maintenance company contracted with the owner. It could also be a case of improper loading or falsifying weight on loading documents, both of which are not the driver’s fault. In short, there are so many factors and parties involved in semi-truck accidents, that they become very complex cases.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck rollover accident, you need expert legal advice and someone to fight the insurance companies to get you fair and adequate compensation. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.