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Why are truck rollover crashes so dangerous for other vehicles?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Truck rollover crashes may start out of nowhere on a highway or a back road. These incidents occur when a truck flips onto its side or roof.

Sadly, rollovers can lead to catastrophic consequences for smaller vehicles and their occupants.

Large size and weight

Many truck rollover accidents happen due to driver error, like car accidents. However, trucks are much larger and heavier than regular cars. When a truck rolls over, it creates a large obstruction that can block multiple lanes of traffic.

The impact of a truck landing on or colliding with a smaller car may also cause severe injuries. The weight of a truck can crush a smaller vehicle, putting the lives of the occupants inside in serious danger.

Cargo spills

Often, trucks carry cargo that can become a hazard when a rollover occurs. Items can spill out onto the road, creating obstacles for other drivers.

Some trucks transport hazardous materials like chemicals or flammable liquids. A spill of these substances can lead to fires, explosions or toxic fumes, making the situation even more dangerous. Drivers may find it hard to navigate through or around the spill, increasing the risk of secondary crashes.

Limited visibility

Truck rollovers often result in debris and dust clouds, which reduces visibility for other drivers. When drivers cannot see clearly, they might not react in time to avoid the wreckage. This increases the likelihood of a collision with the truck. Poor visibility can also cause a chain reaction of crashes as more vehicles approach the accident scene without enough time to stop or change lanes safely.

It is important for all truckers to stay awake and vigilant to reduce the risk of such accidents. Anyone struggling with injuries after a truck accident may want to seek fair compensation.