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How do Semi-Truck Rollover Accidents Happen?

Tractor-trailers and other large vehicles have the potential to cause serious injury when they are involved in accidents. Fortunately for those affected by trucking accidents, Georgia tort law allows people who are injured in negligently caused collisions to recover by filing a personal injury claim. The types of losses that may be compensable in a semi-truck crash case include damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of future income, among others. Sometimes, a person injured in a truck accident may be dependent on an award or a settlement to support themselves and their families. As a result, it is extremely important for those injured in truck accidents to ensure that they are protecting themselves by retaining an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

 

Because of their size and height, trucks are particularly prone to rollover accidents. These accidents occur when a truck rolls over onto its side or even flips all the way over onto its roof. The rollover can begin with the cab or the trailer, and usually involves a complete loss of vehicle control.  As a result, these accidents can often cause widespread damage to multiple vehicles or other property. In addition, when a truck rolls over, there is always the potential for the vehicle’s cargo to spill onto the roadway, causing further damage. Rollover accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including the following:

 

  • Speeding
  • Improper braking
  • Unbalanced cargo
  • Taking turns too quickly
  • Driver error

 

These are just some of the ways a driver could potentially cause a rollover accident. In addition to truck drivers and trucking companies, truck manufacturers may also be liable for a rollover accident in the event that faulty design or manufacture causes a vehicle to flip over. Trucking industry insiders understand the potential liability to which they could be exposed, and are prepared to use all legal means available to avoid paying out after an accident. As a result, it is extremely important for victims to retain skilled legal counsel as soon as possible.

Contact a Fayette truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia