Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents can be considered more catastrophic than that of a standard passenger vehicle. And with that being said, rollover accidents can be considered one of the most dangerous types of truck accidents. Read on to discover what is considered a rollover accident and how one of the seasoned Baltimore County truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi can provide you with the necessary tools to heal during this difficult time.
By definition, what is a rollover accident?
A rollover accident is considered an accident where a truck gets flipped over on its side or its roof due to a crash. The reason why this type of accident commonly occurs with trucks is that they are generally taller than standard passenger vehicles. And so, their center of gravity is higher and thus more prone to tip or flip over.
Usually, a rollover accident occurs due to a truck driver’s negligence. More specifically, truck drivers must not be negligent with making sharp turns or hitting the brakes too hard, especially if they are carrying heavy cargo. Other examples of negligence include the following:
- Reckless driving: for example, a truck driver is speeding and is unable to keep control of the truck when a stop is required.
- Aggressive driving: for example, a truck driver is making unsafe lane changes or passing other vehicles and is unable to keep control of the swerving.
- Poor visibility: for example, a truck driver does not see a hazard in their large blind spot and is unable to keep control if swerving is required.
- Drowsy driving: for example, a truck driver is driving above the federal law permit of 11 hours on the road within a 14-hour workday, or more than 70 hours total in a week, and their reaction time is impaired.
How else may a rollover accident occur?
However, there are some instances in which a rollover accident is not due to truck driver negligence. Rather, it may be due to any of the following reasons:
- Hazards on the road: that is, curbs, potholes, unexpected road obstructions, or debris on the roadside shoulder.
- Mechanical problems: that is, tire blowouts, brake issues, and breakdowns.
- Other motorists: that is, motorists who are driving recklessly, aggressively, or while drowsy.
What is the statute of limitations for a truck accident claim?
If you believe that your rollover accident was due to no fault of your own, then you must take action and file a personal injury claim. With a successful claim, you may be able to receive the necessary financial compensation that you require to heal from your injuries and damages.
But to get there, you must make sure that you file your claim before the statute of limitations. This deadline is generally three years from the date of your accident. So do not hesitate in calling us today.