Rollover crashes: Speed and attention matter

Driving on the highway next to semi-trucks and trailers is always slightly frightening. The drivers are just human, and the size of the vehicle could lead to problems they can't stop. One of those issues is a cargo tank rollover accident.

The majority of rollover crashes are a result of driver error. They happen because drivers fail to control their loads in straight areas and on turns. They may not recognize high-risk areas of roadways or fail to retain the speed cushions used to prevent crashes. Drivers who don't pay attention or who are driving while drowsy also have a higher risk of causing a rollover accident.

The good news is that there are some things drivers can do to stay safer on the roads. First, they can slow down and be aware of their surroundings. Drivers who go too fast may not be able to slow to maneuver quickly enough to prevent a trailer from rolling.

Drivers can also prevent rollover crashes by making sure their loads are appropriately restrained. If the load shifts suddenly, it could push the trailer to the side. If the tires lose traction, the entire trailer could roll and take the cabin with it.

Rollovers happen most often on straight roads. Why? Drivers pay less attention on straight roads. Managing speed and being aware of the vehicles around the truck are the best ways to prevent accidents or sudden stops that could lead to a rollover crash.

Rollovers have the potential to injure or kill. Drivers need to take their time to prevent serious injuries or deaths.

Source: FMCSA, "Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention," accessed March 02, 2018

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