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Truck drivers often aren’t at fault for their rollover crashes

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2021 | Trucking Accidents |

Truck drivers sometimes contribute to the crashes in which they’re involved. They might make bad decisions at the wheel or even pick up their phone to text someone when they should focus on traffic. However, not all crashes involving big vehicles are the fault of the commercial drivers operating them.

Sometimes there are issues that are outside of the driver’s control. Rollover collisions involving semitrucks can be catastrophic and might involve multiple other vehicles or personal property. They frequently occur at curves or other places the truck turns.

While it might at first seem like such a dramatic crash could only be the result of incompetent driving, the truth is that the truck driver may not have caused the rollover crash.

Drivers often play no role in loading their trailers

Truckers are either self-employed as an owner-operator or are the employees of transportation companies. In both cases, it is common for clients to load trailers for the commercial driver to haul. Although some commercial drivers help load and unload their vehicles, many do not.

Dangerous, improper loading might include putting too much weight on one side of the vehicle trailer or not alerting a driver to the presence of liquids in the trailer. When turning, merging or encountering high wind speeds, an improperly loaded trailer can easily end up flipping or otherwise getting out of control.

Understanding what caused a trucking crash is only the first step. Then you need to think about pursuing compensation. If the driver isn’t responsible, you may need to consider taking legal action against the party who is ultimately at fault for the crash.