Passenger vehicles have a number of safety features to prevent rollovers. Because this type of accident is less common, you probably do not spend much if any time worrying about making a mistake that sends your vehicle rolling. Truck drivers, on the other hand, must take rollover conditions seriously every time they get on the road.
At Cochran & Edwards, LLC, in Georgia, we understand the various factors that may lead to truck rollovers.
According to the American International Group, Inc., a less-than-full load in a tractor-trailer or tanker truck is likely to throw off the balance and cause a rollover. Partial liquid loads are particularly prone to significant shifting, but an improperly secured partial load in a trailer may be just as hazardous.
Operators should perform inspections of their vehicles at the beginning and end of each day’s travels. This is when they should notice issues with tires. A blow-out on the highway is a rollover hazard, but proper tire pressure and unworn treads also contribute to driver control.
Truckers may not be able to sit out a day with inclement weather, but they should have training in how to drive in it. Lower speeds and longer following distances give them the time and space to adjust for reduced visibility, traction and load stability.
Trucking companies should make sure that their drivers have the training they need to operate the vehicle safely, although statistically, a veteran driver is more likely to roll a truck. Speeding, fatigue and distractions all increase the likelihood of a rollover.
More information about factors that lead to tractor-trailer crashes is available on our webpage.