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August 14, 2014

What Causes Philadelphia Semi-Trucks to Roll Over?

semi-truck rolloverAccidents involving semi-trucks affect millions of people every year, and sometimes cause life-altering injuries. According to data provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), there were over 300,000 accidents involving large trucks in 2011 alone. When these accidents occur as a result of truck driver or trucking company negligence, those injured may be able to recover for their losses by filing a Philadelphia personal injury lawsuit. The best way to ensure that you get the full value of your claim is to consult with an attorney who has a track record of success in representing truck accident victims. At The Levin Firm, we work closely with our clients and work tirelessly to get them the compensation they deserve as quickly and efficiently as possible.

One of the most dangerous types of truck accident is known as a rollover accident. These accidents occur when a truck flips over onto its side or even onto its roof while moving. Because a truck that has rolled over no longer has its wheels on the ground, it is completely out of the control of its driver and may collide with other vehicles or objects anywhere in or around its path. Some of the most common reasons semi-trucks roll over include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Over steering
  • Under steering
  • Taking turns too quickly
  • Improper braking
  • Hitting curbs or other objects
  • Tire blowouts
  • High winds
  • Unbalanced cargo
  • Coupling failure

In addition to any injury or damage caused by an initial collision in a rollover accident, trucks may also lose their cargo when the flip over. Lost cargo on the road can cause additional damage to other vehicles as well as cause accidents when drivers take evasive action to avoid it. Also, some trucks carry highly dangerous cargo including toxic or otherwise hazardous materials. If these escape, hazardous materials can cause widespread injury and property damage miles from an accident, as well as long after the accident has occurred.

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