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Factors Contributing to Rollover Accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Car Accidents

Rollover accidents involving large trucks can have devastating consequences. These incidents often result in significant injuries and dangerous traffic disruptions.

When a driver loses control of a large truck, an accident becomes nearly inevitable. Understanding the factors that contribute to rollover accidents can help you protect yourself.


Large trucks have a higher center of gravity compared to smaller vehicles. This makes it more likely for them to tip over when they take corners or make sudden maneuvers at high speeds.

Improper loading

Improperly loaded cargo can shift during transit, affecting the truck’s balance and stability. This imbalance can lead to rollovers, especially when the cargo is not secured properly or exceeds weight limits.


Fatigue is a major concern for truck drivers. Long hours on the road without enough rest can impair a driver’s judgment and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of a rollover. Federal regulations mandate rest breaks and maximum driving hours to combat driver fatigue, but it falls on the driver to adhere to the rules.

Adverse weather conditions

Inclement weather, such as rain, snow or ice, can create hazardous road conditions. Large trucks are less stable on slippery surfaces, making them more prone to rollovers. Truck drivers must adjust their driving to overcome poor weather conditions.

Inadequate maintenance

Neglected maintenance can result in mechanical failures that lead to rollover accidents. Regular inspections and maintenance of tires, brakes and suspension systems are essential in preventing rollovers and other catastrophic accidents.

The National Safety Council reports the involvement of 5,700 large trucks in fatal crashes in 2021. Among the many possible crash scenarios involving large trucks, rollover accidents are especially deadly.