Rollover truck accidents in Texas are almost always catastrophic, if not deadly. While these types of truck accidents can crush vehicle cabins, causing severe head injuries, they can also throw occupants clear from vehicles, increasing the risk of life-threatening injuries.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our Midland rollover truck accident lawyers know how devastating rollover collisions can be. That is why we are dedicated to helping rollover accident victims pursue all available legal remedies so they can secure the justice and compensation they deserve.
Although no amount of money can change the past or make up for permanent losses, financial recoveries can be important to getting the right care, reclaiming your life and moving forward.
Causes of Rollover Truck Accidents: When Negligence Is a Factor
Multiple factors can play a role in causing trucks to rollover. When negligence is involved, however, it can arise in many ways, including (but not limited to):
Driver distraction and/or impairment – When truck drivers and/or other motorists are distracted or impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue, perception and reaction times are impaired. That can mean that truckers end up having to slam on the brakes and/or make other last-minute maneuvers to try to avoid a crash, which can lead to rollovers, injuries and deaths. While negligent motorists can be liable for these crashes, so too can trucking companies if their driver was the distracted and/or impaired party that caused the crash.
Truck equipment failures – Steering system failures, as well as brake failures and tire blowouts, can cause truckers to lose control of trucks. On hills, at higher speeds or around curves, these and other equipment failures can increase the risk of rollovers. When rollovers are caused by equipment failures, drivers, trucking companies and others can be accountable for compensating victims.
Speeding – At higher speeds, it takes more time and distance to stop trucks. When drivers are speeding and then they need to make a quick turn or abruptly brake to avoid a crash, rollovers can happen. The motorists who break the law by speeding and end up causing rollovers will typically be liable.
Overweight, unsecured, and/or unbalanced cargo – Too much cargo can make it hard for drivers to safely control trucks, as well as increase the risk of equipment failures. When cargo is not secured and/or balanced properly, it can also dangerously shift the balance of the truck, increasing the risk of rollovers. When cargo-related issues are a factor in rollover truck accidents, the person responsible for the cargo (e.g., a trucker and/or other staff) – and possibly even the trucking company itself – may be responsible for compensating victims.
Poor roadway conditions – Lack of guardrails or speed limit signs may increase the risk of rollovers, especially if or when any of the above factors is also present. When poor road conditions play a role in causing rollover truck accidents, the city or other entity responsible for that road can be liable.
Our Attorneys Are On Your Side
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a rollover accident in Texas – or in any type of truck crash, contact a truck accident attorney at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for vigorous advocacy and experienced help with your financial recovery.