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Is Speed a Major Contributor to Rollover Accidents?

iStock-188108555-resize-300x200.jpgIn mid-September, a tractor-trailer overturned in Coweta County. It was hauling rebar while turning left at the intersection of Highway 16 and the Highway 34 Bypass. As it turned, the load shifted, causing the truck to roll onto its side. Fortunately, there were no injuries, and drugs and alcohol did not contribute to the accident.

How often do these types of accidents happen - and is speed a contributing factor?

Statistics Related to Tractor-Trailer Rollovers

Due to their relatively high center of gravity, semi-trucks are prone to rolling over. Speed can make this an even bigger risk.

According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, though rollover accidents only make up around 4 percent of all truck accidents, they are responsible for nearly 12 percent of all fatalities in truck accidents. Rollovers are associated with an even higher number of truck driver deaths - 58 percent of fatal truck driver injuries occur in rollovers.

Many rollovers are caused by overworked, distracted or sleepy drivers. Additional rollovers result from outdated highways and unfavorable road conditions. But speeding is another major contributor to rollovers. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that almost half of rollovers are caused by failing to adjust speed to curves in the road, the load being carried, brake condition, road surface and intersections conditions.

The LTCCS found that it was not strictly high speeds causing rollovers, but rather those speeds exceeding what is safe for vehicle and road conditions.

Rollover accidents can cause devastating injuries to those who are involved. Drivers may not have time to slow down to prevent running into a rolled over truck. They might be crushed as trailers roll onto their vehicles. If you have been involved in a rollover accident with a semi-truck, discuss your injuries with a personal injury lawyer.

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