Massachusetts truck accidents often involve multi-layered interactions between drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, road conditions, and weather. Truck accidents are one of the most devastating types of accidents and can have life-long implications on all of the parties involved. This is especially true in instances where the events stem from a truck rollover. A rollover accident occurs when a truck’s wheels lose contact with the roadway, resulting in the truck ending up on its side or upside-down. Many of these accidents are preventable, and Massachusetts injury victims may seek compensation from the negligent truck driver or their employer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are four leading causes of Massachusetts rollover accidents. First, a truck driver’s speed while negotiating a curve is one of the main reasons for these types of accidents. Trucks have a high center of gravity, and drivers must maintain a safe speed to avoid toppling. Drivers must consider the height of their vehicle and cargo load when operating their trucks. The failure to modify their speed in relation to changing road conditions can have disastrous consequences.
Second, making sudden steering changes can cause the truck to lose traction and rollover. Additionally, improperly loaded or insecure cargo can result in a rollover. Truck drivers and their companies must ensure that their vehicles are safely packed. When a load is unbalanced or improperly secured, the truck may suffer a change in the center of gravity, which can reduce stability and result in a rollover. Finally, driver error, including impairment, distraction, and fatigue, can all result in this type of accident.
Safety authorities recommend that trucking companies and drivers avoid sudden movements, maintain safe speed and distance, remain alert, and conduct frequent safety checks. The failure to engage in these preventative measures can result in a serious accident.
For example, recently, a Boston news report described a Massachusetts truck rollover accident. The collision occurred earlier this month, when an 18-wheeler semi-truck rolled over onto its side next to the highway. According to the Massachusetts State Police, it appears that the rollover impacted another truck and vehicle. Glass and metal from the car involved in the accident littered the highway, and the car’s frame was unrecognizable. The parties were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Have You Been Involved in a Massachusetts Trucking Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries in a Massachusetts truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. The attorneys at our law firm have been fighting the big insurance companies for over 25 years, handling various personal injury lawsuits, including Massachusetts car accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims. We have recovered substantial compensation on behalf of our clients against negligent parties and insurance companies. Our attorneys possess an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of Massachusetts tort laws, and use this knowledge to advocate on behalf of our clients effectively. Compensation in these cases typically includes payments for medical bills, property damage, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Contact our office at 1-800-262-9200 to discuss your case with a Massachusetts injury attorney at our law firm.