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Posted by Anderson on Mar 8, 2016

Unsafe driver actions that may result to 18-wheeler rollovers

Rollovers, according to the website of Ausband & Dumont, are among the most dangerous vehicular accidents anyone can be involved in. However, rollover accidents are even worst when 18-wheeler trucks are involved.

Rollovers are the kind of accidents where a running vehicle suddenly flips on its side once or several times. In the causation study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) it showed that unsafe driving behaviors are often blamed in huge truck rollover accidents. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) revealed that 45 percent of truck rollovers were caused by speeding drivers. At least one fatality or injury is involved in accidents involving heavy trucks, the study said. Heavy trucks tend to flip on its side when drivers fail to reduce speeds in roads with on-ramp or off-ramp curves. Due to excessive weight, semi-trucks hauling trailers are more susceptible to rollovers. There are also many truck rollover incidents that are caused by drivers that miscalculate appropriate speeds when navigating curves even speed limit signs are posted. Truck drivers oftentimes decide to drive with unsafe speeds when they are in a hurry. Factors like meeting deadlines, being impatient or angry, and having multiple commitments make truck drivers to misjudge speeds that may eventually result to rollovers.

Distraction, inattention and fatigued driving were also blamed in heavy truck rollover crashes. Truck drivers fail to observe road and traffic conditions when using their cellphones, listening to radio, or if a passenger engages a driver to a conversation. Rollover accidents tend to happen on suburban traffics or highways when truck drivers become inattentive while behind the wheels. Heavy trucks are at risk of veering off the road and rollover when drivers are exhausted and fell asleep while behind the wheels. In some situations rollover also take place when a fatigued driver overcorrected a truck upon realizing that it already went out of the roadway.

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