Cargo tank trucks are a specific type of commercial vehicle designed for transporting liquids from place to place. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are over 1,300 rollover accidents involving cargo tank trucks every year. When these accidents are the result of driver negligence, victims may be able to recover by bringing a personal injury claim against the responsible party or parties. The best way to determine whether you have a claim is to have your case evaluated by one of the experienced truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.
In an effort to help truckers avoid cargo tank rollovers, the FMSCA has published information intended to dispel certain myths regarding cargo tank rollovers. While intended for truck drivers, this information can also help regular drivers avoid being involved in these types of accidents as well. Some of the more surprising facts shared by the agency include the following:
- Over half of all rollover accidents occur on straight stretches of roads – not on curves or ramps
- About 2/3 of rollover accidents occur during daylight hours
- More than 90 percent of rollover accidents occur on dry roads
- Excessive speed is a factor in only 28 percent of cargo tank rollovers
- Evasive maneuvers are a factor in only 5 to 10 percent of rollovers
Determining whether a truck accident occurred because of driver negligence is often a complicated legal inquiry, which is why it is advisable for victims to consult with an attorney before determining how to proceed with any potential legal action.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Rollover accidents have the potential to cause serious injury and extensive property damage. It is important, therefore, for those affected to make sure that they obtain the compensation to which they are entitled after an accident takes place. The truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith have the skill and experience required to help victims recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.