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Preventing rollover truck accidents and improving safety

Large trucks are used to transport various items and shipments throughout Arizona and other states in the nation, including hazardous materials. While it is not uncommon for commercial drivers to transport hazardous materials, the act of transporting these materials adds several dangers to the roadways. Because of that, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, has created safety regulations and initiatives to increase safety and prevent truck crashes.

When it comes to tanker trucks carrying hazardous materials, a major concern with these vehicles is rollover incidents. Therefore, much effort by the FMCSA has been focused on preventing rollover truck accidents. Training initiatives focus on reducing these incidents by implementing four approaches. This includes vehicle design and performance, load effects, highway factors and driver factors that could lead to a rollover incident.

According to FMCSA, more than 78 percent of rollover truck accidents involve driver error. Because of this, training focuses on training drivers to respond effectively while behind the wheel of a tanker truck. This includes avoiding sudden movements, controlling the truck load during turns and on straight roadways, identifying high risk areas on roads before traveling on them, remaining alert and attentive while behind the wheel and controlling the speed of the truck and maintaining proper speed cushions while traveling.

While these steps could help increase safety and reduce rollover truck crashes, unfortunately these types of incidents still occur. This is why it is important to take proper steps following a truck accident to understand the cause and fault in the incident. If investigation reveals that a negligent truck driver was at fault, the injured victim could hold the driver and even the trucking company liable for the damages and losses suffered in the incident.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention," Aug. 21, 2015

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