Earlier this month in Hollywood, Maryland, police and rescue workers responded to calls of an overturned box truck on the side of the highway. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Three Notch Road, a bit north of Airport View Drive, in Hollywood.
Evidently, the driver of the truck told responding authorities that there was some kind of mechanical failure that forced the truck off the road. Luckily, there were no other vehicles involved in the accident, and no one was seriously injured as a result of the truck overturning. It is unclear if the driver of the truck was cited for any traffic violation.
One of the many dangers of large trucks is their propensity to flip over easily. It appears from the driver’s statement in the accident above that mechanical failure was responsible for the roll-over in that case. However, there are myriad other reasons that a truck may roll over, including:
- Improperly loaded trucks: If a truck is not loaded properly, with cargo stacked only on one side of the vehicle, it is more likely that the truck will roll as it negotiates tight corners. This is especially the case if the truck is moving at a high speed.
- Speeding: If a truck is traveling in excess of the posted speed limit, the truck may flip over more easily, especially if the truck is empty or not loaded properly.
- Careless driving: When truck drivers don’t pay attention to their surroundings, accidents are more likely to occur. When a large truck gets into any kind of accident, the chance that it will flip over is high, given the vehicle’s high center of gravity.
Accidents Caused by Rolled Trucks
The truck driver in the accident described above was lucky that no one else was involved in the accident, both for his sake and for the potential victims. Many times, once a truck overturns on the highway, other cars behind the truck have no choice but to crash into the overturned truck. In these cases, the driver of the truck may be held liable for the damages that are caused as a result of the accident. To learn more about truck accidents and how to hold negligent truck drivers liable for the accidents and injuries they cause, call a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the truck driver’s negligence. However, keep in mind that truck drivers and trucking companies are often provided with dedicated attorneys by their insurance companies. To make sure that you are not taken advantage of by an insurance company, it is recommended that you speak to a skilled Maryland personal injury attorney before filing suit. To learn more, and to set up a free initial consultation with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney, call 410-654-3600 today.
More Blog Posts:
Truck Driver’s Negligent Driving Causes Serious Accident in Hagerstown, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 2, 2014.
Williamsport Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Dump Truck, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 10, 2014.