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Truck Rollover Accidents
In 2010, there were 4,500 truck accidents in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. One of the most common types of truck accident is a rollover crash. Truck rollovers are extremely dangerous and often involve more than one vehicle.
Almost three-fourths of Oklahoma truck accidents involve two vehicles. Due to the large number of semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers traveling on local roads drivers are at an increased risk for a traffic collision. Rollover crashes can leave occupants in both vehicles with critical injuries. Its imperative for Oklahoma drivers to be vigilant when driving in close proximity to large commercial trucks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck rollover accident, you may have financial and legal recourse. Contact The Edwards Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.
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Causes of Truck Rollover Crashes
A number of factors can contribute to an Oklahoma rollover crash. Many truck accidents are caused by driver negligence or inattentiveness. Truck drivers have a responsibility to other motorists on the road to drive safely and follow the states traffic laws. Listed below are some of the most common causes of rollover truck crashes:
- Excessive speeding
- Truck that are loaded beyond maximum capacity
- Drivers that are distracted by cell phones or other electronic devices
- Fatigued drivers
- Over-steering the truck to avoid an obstacle
- Turning to fast on a curve or turn
- Making abrupt maneuvers
- Stopping on a soft surface
However, the majority of rollover truck accidents can be prevented, if truck drivers followed driver safety tips and traffic regulations
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 3,500 people were killed in truck accidents in the United States. If you have lost a loved one in a truck rollover accident, contact The Edwards Law Firm to learn about the rights afforded to truck accident victims.
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Conditions that Contribute to Truck Rollover Accidents
Truck rollover crashes can be divided into two categories: tripped and untripped crashes. During a tripped accident, the truck leaves the road by sliding sideways into a guardrail, curb or the terrain. The force in the accident causes the truck to rollover. On the other hand, untripped accidents involve rolling due to a centrifugal force. In these accidents, no objects are hit, but the truck rollovers after a sudden turn or by traveling at a high speed. Certain road conditions can contribute to rollover accident, such as:
- Slick surfaces due to rain or ice
- Steep hills
- Winding roads
- Construction zones
- Soft road surfaces
If you were involved in a truck accident because of another drivers negligence, you may have grounds for legal action.
Contact an Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorney
In 2010, 80,000 people were injured in truck crashes across the nation. If you have sustained an injury in a truck rollover, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact The Edwards Law Firm to schedule a legal consultation with a knowledgeable member of our staff.
The Edwards Law Firm has a reputation for working tirelessly on behalf of our clients. Over the years, our attorneys have successfully litigated numerous truck accident cases.
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