Semi trucks require a significant amount of skill given their immense size. When a driver does not properly operate a semi truck, crashes can occur. In October, a semi truck in Arkansas crashed and then caused a subsequent crash, setting off a chain of events.
The first semi truck crashed happened on October 2 in downtown Fort Smith at N 10th and M Streets. The driver of the semi truck claimed that while he was preparing to make a turn, someone pulled into his lane. He swerved to avoid the car and, as a result, his semi truck flipped over.
This caused the semi truck to block the right lane. A Chevy Tahoe SUV had to switch lanes to avoid the flipped semi truck and it hit another vehicle. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the truck driver received a citation for failing to follow a truck route.
Semi Truck Rollover Crashes
Given that semi trucks appear to be large and sturdy, you probably don’t expect them to roll over often. However, the actions of a truck driver can cause such a large truck to become unstable and flip over.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration analyzed 239 rollover crashes and found that nearly half were caused by a failure to adjust speed to the curves in a road. This happens most often at freeway on-ramps and off-ramps. Speed accounts for 45 percent of semi truck rollover crashes.
Inattention is another factor. Distractions and falling asleep can keep drivers from focusing on the road. Trucks may end up veering off the road and flipping over.
Oversteering is another common cause of rollovers. If a truck drifts into another lane, the driver may overcorrect to the point where the truck tips over. Overloading a trailer with cargo can cause an unbalanced situation, which can lead to a rollover. The brakes and road conditions can also contribute to a rollover.
Get Help From an Arkansas Truck Accident Attorney
It’s fortunate that nobody was injured in this instance, but this is the exception. Most truck accidents do result in serious injuries and death. If you have been involved in such a crash, it’s important to seek legal help.
The truck accident attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm can determine your rights to compensation. We have a long track record of success and we will work tirelessly for you. For a free consultation, contact us online or call our Fayetteville, Arkansas office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).