Truck Crashes Are Highest During Fall Harvest Season

Significant Factors in Fall Trucking Crashes
It’s unsurprising that the seasons can impact a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely—especially where large trucks are concerned. Time changes, weather patterns, and holidays can all be influential. However, these only have a small impact on why fall is the most dangerous time of year for truck drivers.

According to the most recent data from the National Safety Council (NSC), there were 1,277 fatal truck crashes during the fall season, with October accounting for about 38%. When considering what potentially influences these rates, it’s important to acknowledge that this is the harvest season. Starting in mid-September through late November, this time of year is booming for the agricultural industry, and large trucks play a major role.

How Harvest Season Can Impact Truckers
Large trucks are essential for making harvest season deliveries, transporting both equipment and product. They play such a role that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific regulations for drivers who are making deliveries for the agricultural sector this time of year.

Although making agricultural deliveries does not appear to be inherently dangerous, there may be some aspects that may make collisions more likely. Here are some of the most significant contributing factors:

Time Constraints
Since most agricultural products are perishable, they need to be delivered quickly, which often means drivers are on the road for longer hours than usual. In fact, the FMCSA has hours of service exemptions for drivers making these deliveries, and they are not required to log their hours via ELD during this period. This increase in time on the road leads to more opportunities for driver fatigue, one of the most dangerous conditions for any large truck driver.

Traveling Longer Distances
During harvest season, drivers may also be traveling longer distances than usual as they deliver products to different parts of the country. This increase in travel time can also lead to driver fatigue and makes it more likely that a driver will make a mistake.

Unsecured or Overloaded Cargo
With these time constraints, there is a great likelihood that cargo may not be properly secured or trucks may become overloaded. This puts both the driver and other motorists at risk as it increases the chance of the cargo shifting or falling off of the truck, which can cause a serious accident. Overloaded cargo may also cause the truck to not be maneuvered properly, such as making an overturn accident more likely or requiring more time to stop because of the added weight.

Rural Roads
NSC data shows that nearly 55% of trucking accidents occur on rural roads. These roads are typically not maintained or refurbished as often, tend to be narrower, and have less visibility than highways or city streets. Since routes for truck drivers making harvest season deliveries typically require navigating rural areas, these factors may increase the likelihood of a crash.

Adverse Weather Conditions
Another factor that can lead to increased trucking accidents during harvest season is the weather. This time of year often brings more severe weather conditions, such as high winds, rain, and even snow in some parts of the country. These adverse weather conditions make it more difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles and increases the chance of an accident.

Increased Traffic
Finally, the increased traffic in agriculture-heavy areas during harvest season can also lead to more accidents. With more vehicles on the road, there is a greater chance of a collision. When you factor in the other potential risks associated with harvest season trucking, it’s not surprising that this time of year sees the highest number of large truck crashes.

Kansas Truck Accident Attorneys
With agriculture being one of the most significant industries in Kansas, it’s important for all motorists to take the necessary precautions this time of year. Truckers should be mindful about how they are driving and the impact it can have on others. Vehicle drivers should also be aware of trucks on the road (particularly in rural areas) and understand that during this time they may need extra stopping distance, a wider berth for larger loads, and additional space when turning.

The team at Bretz Injury Law is prepared to help protect your future when negligent drivers cause harm. If you need legal assistance following a collision with a large truck, call for a free consultation.

Kansas highways getting more dangerous, according to KHP

Traffic fatalities in Kansas have been on the rise — not only in 2019, but also in 2020. Statistics released by the NHTSA showed a 1.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities across Kansas from 2018 to 2019, while most of the nation saw a slight decrease. The rise in traffic fatalities didn’t stop because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to KSNT, there were 367 traffic fatalities in 2020 throughout Kansas as of November 11th — yet the total death toll won’t be released by the NHTSA for another year. That still accounts for five percent more road deaths than the same time in 2019.

Kansas Highway Patrol blames distracted driving, speeding and deer crossing for more accidents

Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) Superintendent Colonel Herman T. Jones believes distracted driving is to blame.

At 55 mph, texting and driving for five seconds is the equivalent of traveling more than the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

“A lot can happen in that time,” said Jones.

Distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of serious and fatal crashes. This is despite texting and driving being illegal for Kansas drivers. Inattention isn’t just limited to cellphones, however. Any activity that takes drivers’ hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, or attention away from driving can significantly increase the risk of a crash.

In addition, KHP Lieutenant Candace Breshears cited an increase in speeding since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. The rise in dangerous speeding during 2020 was believed to be caused by a lack of traffic congestion. This was due to pandemic guidelines. Law enforcement officers across the U.S. have caught drivers traveling at speeds greater than 100 mph, which is more than enough to cause a serious catastrophe.

Many of the fatal crashes this year have involved deer crossing the road, according to Kansas Department of Transportation traffic safety program manager Chris Bortz. Some drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer and end up driving off the road or causing a head-on collision.

“Right or left, doesn’t matter. Obviously, if you’re leaving left, you could be impacting another vehicle. Right, you’re going to get in an area that was not meant for driving, so once again, stay in your lane and hit the deer,” said Bortz.

Drivers have a duty to stay attentive and use caution on Kansas roadways

No matter what the conditions are, drivers still have a duty to uphold to others on the road. You or a loved one may have been injured in a crash due to someone else’s negligence. It is important that you know your rights. Don’t let the insurance companies dictate the outcome of your car accident case.

The legal team at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers knows how to look for the facts and help injured motorists build strong cases. You may be dealing with whiplash or a catastrophic injury. We’ll work to place an accurate value on your case and fight to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have law offices conveniently located across the state of Kansas and offer free legal consultations for all injury claims. Contact our law firm online or call one of our offices to get started.

How winter weather can catch Kansas drivers by surprise

Kansas may not get as much snow as some of its neighboring states, but when it does snow here, things can get messy. On average, Kansas receives about 19 inches of snow each year.

Around mid-December, Kansas was among several states in the Midwest to get clobbered with snow and ice, according to The Weather Channel. There were 11 traffic fatalities reported across Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Several Kansas residents impacted by snow and ice

On the day of the storm, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported approximately 1,182 calls for service, 268 non-injury crashes, 30 injury-crashes, and one fatality within a 24-hour period.

The fatality involved a passenger in a pickup truck that lost control on an icy bridge while merging from southbound Interstate-135 to northbound I-235. The truck reportedly came to a stop after rolling over. The driver was treated for suspected minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

The Kansas Department of Transportation also reports that two of its snowplows were taken out of service after being struck. The trucks were removing snow and ice from the roads during both incidents.

In February 2019, we discussed how the fluctuating weather conditions can take drivers by surprise during the winter months. The number of drivers stranded and injured in the December snowstorm is an example of why it’s important that drivers be prepared for inclement weather conditions.

Tips for staying safe during winter weather conditions

It’s best to avoid traveling altogether during snowy and icy conditions. For those who must travel, however, the National Weather Service in Wichita offers these tips to stay safe when winter weather strikes:

  • Accelerate slowly.
  • Reduce speed when snow accumulates on roads.
  • Use caution when driving in conditions of poor visibility.
  • Allow additional time and distance to stop at intersections.
  • Be cautious of black ice on bridges and overpasses.
  • Never use cruise control on slick roadways.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are approximately 1.2 million weather-related crashes each year in the United States. Roughly 18 percent of those crashes occur during snowfall or sleet, 16 percent occur on snow-covered roads, and 13 percent occur during icy conditions.

Crashes are often caused by drivers who:

  • Drive too fast or slow for conditions
  • Drive with poorly maintained tires
  • Fail to clear their cars of snow and ice
  • Drive recklessly or tailgate
  • Navigate curves and turns too fast

Safety should be the number one priority this winter, not speed. Drivers are expected to allow themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations. Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers urge you to take legal action as soon as possible.

Your medical bills, time away from work, and other damages should not have to be paid out of your own pocket. That’s where our experienced Kansas car accident attorneys come in. Our legal team has dedicated itself to fighting on behalf of injured motorists. To find out how we can help you, contact us online for a free consultation.

Why do dangerous X-Lite guardrails still remain on Kansas roads?

Guardrails are a common sight on major Kansas roads and highways. They prevent roadway departures near steep declines, bodies of water, critical roadside structures, ditches, and trees.

While collisions with guardrails can be catastrophic, they are supposed to help prevent severe or fatal crashes. One particular guardrail manufacturer has come under legal fire in recent years due to defective end terminals.

Manufacturer of X-Lite guardrails comes under legal fire

Several states have banned X-Lite guard rails, according to KSN. The manufacturer, Lindsay Transportation Solutions, had roughly 14,000 guardrails installed on roadways across 29 states in 2017.

The X-Lite guardrails were blamed for at least nine fatal crashes across the United States. The end terminals on all guardrails supposed to be designed  to collapse or telescope to prevent piercing through a car. The X-Lite guardrails have not done soon multiple occasions, however.

While several states have recently removed them, X-Lite guardrails still remain on Kansas roads in 38 different places. According to state records:

  • 27 are located on roads run by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
  • 11 are operated by the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

KSN spoke to the wife of one motorist who was killed in a crash involving an X-Lite guardrail. His death occurred in 2017 while traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio from Overland Park, Kansas.

The crash reportedly occurred on a clear morning when his truck went off the road and collided head-on with the end terminal of the X-Lite guardrail. Rather than telescoping or collapsing, the end-terminal pierced through his vehicle, causing him to be thrown from the back windshield. He suffered an amputated leg, a laceration to his torso, and died at the scene of the crash.

What actions are being taken to save lives?

KSN reached out to Lindsay Transportation Solutions to request an on-camera interview, but the company declined. Instead, the company issued this response:

“The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has examined and re-examined the X-LITE and its in-service performance and has gathered input from state departments of transportation across the United States. In FHWA’s evaluations, the X-LITE has performed consistently with other end terminals on U.S. roads and highways and did not lead to any conclusion that the X-Lite was unsafe. Numerous states, including Kansas, have confirmed that they’ve had no negative experiences with the X-LITE.”

Transportation officials from KDOT assured KSN that they stopped using X-Lite guardrails on new projects, but don’t have a plan to promptly remove existing ones.

After reaching out to several Kansas lawmakers (most of whom were on a transportation committee), KSN received a response from Rep. K.C. Ohaebosim, D-Wichita, who agreed to partake in an on-camera interview.

“We are going to do everything possible to make sure we change these guardrails out on our Kansas roads and now that will actually be taken up in our transportation committee,” said Ohaebosim.

According to Ohaebosim, taking action to remove all X-Lite guardrails in Kansas could take some time.

What should I do if I was injured or lost a loved one?

If you sustained serious injuries or lost a loved one due to a crash with a defective guardrail, the car accident attorneys at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers can take legal action on your behalf.

We’ll work tirelessly to investigate your crash and hold ALL the negligent parties accountable, including looking for responsible parties and their insurers where many might not think to look. For your convenience we have seven offices across the state of Kansas. Contact us online or call 866-881-0103 to schedule your free consultation.

Kansas Attorneys Discuss Fluctuating Winter Road Conditions

Are you prepared for fluctuating winter road conditions this winter? According to online-media group Thrillist, Kansas – which ranked #27 among states with the most miserable winters – is “smack dab” in the middle. Temperatures can reach as high as 80 or significantly dip below freezing.  

The unpredictable changes in weather can be hazardous to Kansas drivers for the following reasons: 

  • Drivers may not be prepared to give themselves more time when winter weather strikes. 
  • Drivers may be less experienced when it comes to navigating slippery roads. 
  • Fluctuating temperatures can cause flooding or black ice. 

What to watch out for during Kansas winters

Common roadway hazards faced by many Kansas drivers include:  

  • Snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain: KAKA reported icy road conditions and high winds along stretches of Interstate 70. Conditions were so bad that vehicles were reportedly sliding off the road. One truck driver even claims that he had to stop for the night after his trailer went off the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, about 24 percent of weather-related auto accidents are caused by winter weather conditions – resulting in over 1,300 traffic deaths and 116,800 injuries each year nationwide.  
  • Rain and flooding: On the day after Christmas, city officials in Wichita urged drivers to slow down and watch out for street flooding. Kansas often experiences winter flooding due to temperatures rising significantly above freezing after a snowstorm, and rainfall is also possible. When drivers travel too fast for the conditions, accidents caused by hydroplaning can occur.  
  • High winds: High wind gusts can be problematic for Kansas drivers during the winter. It can blow snow into the roadways, causing whiteout conditions and limited visibility. It can cause vehicles to slide or spin out when roads are covered with ice or snow. It can also cause black ice on bridges and overpasses. 

Your legal options after a winter accident

Driving safely during inclement weather conditions isn’t rocket science. It only requires attentiveness, preparation, and reduced speed. Not all drivers are as cautious as we’d like to think. Some simply see no issue with exceeding the speed limit, texting behind the wheel, or driving aggressively. This type of behavior results in someone else getting hurt.  

Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash, it is critical that you speak to an experienced Kansas auto accident attorney who can help you explore your legal options. Contact Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers today to learn more. 

Wet Roads Raise the Risk of an Auto Accident: A Kansas Attorney Discusses

Rain leads to more car accidents than any other inclement weather

According to recent data released from AAA Kansas, rain causes more auto accidents than any other weather condition. Roughly 68% percent of weather-related auto accidents (or 518,000) each year are caused by rain-washed roads. That is more than weather-related accidents caused by sleet, snow, and fog combined.

“Rain significantly impacts driving conditions – from visibility to traction and stopping time,” AAA Kansas spokeswoman Jennifer Haugh said in a statement. “But often, motorists don’t make the needed adjustments to their driving habits or address simple maintenance items on their vehicles that can make driving on rain-slickened roadways much safer.”

Safety tips when driving in the rain

  • Slow down: Wet roads can spell disaster, especially if you lose control of your car. The slower you drive, the easier it is to maintain control of your car, and the more time you have to react to hazards in the road.
  • Keep your distance: When on the road, leave more space between you and the car in front of you. That way, you have plenty of time to slow to a complete stop.
  • Watch for standing water: When water accumulates on the road, it can cause hydroplaning. This occurs when a car tire loses contact with the ground and drives on top of water lying on the road instead. If your car starts hydroplaning, immediately take your foot off the gas, turn on your hazard lights, and keep the wheel straight. Using cruise control also increases the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Find higher ground: If your vehicle is caught in a sudden buildup of water, leave your car and get to higher ground, if it is safe to do so. Your safety is much more important than your car.
  • Stick to the middle: If you are on a road with more than one lane, avoid outer lanes. Water tends to accumulate more on the edges of a road. When possible, stick to the center.

The Kansas car accident lawyers at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers have seen how devastating weather-related accidents can be. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free case evaluation.

Wrong-Way Crashes in Wichita

Wrong-way crashes can be among the most injurious and devastating of all accidents. Wrong-way drivers often cause head-on collisions, which generate significant force – and can therefore cause significant injuries. Victims of wrong-way collision injuries have important legal rights. With the legal advice of a Wichita car accident attorney, accident victims will be better able to access the compensation to which they are legally entitled.

A wrong-way crash that devastated a Sabetha family

The community of Sabetha, Kansas learned just how tragic the consequences of wrong-way drivers can be. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Ukele family was driving home from the state football championship, where they had watched two Ukele brothers help bring the Sabetha High School football team a state championship title over Marysville. The boys’ parents, younger sister, and uncle were driving home from the championship game when a wrong-way driver attempted to pass a vehicle in the opposite lane. Their mother, who was driving, swerved to avoid a head-on collision. She was killed in the ensuing accident, along with the boys’ younger sister and uncle. Their father was in stable condition after having multiple surgeries.

This horrible accident demonstrates how dangerous wrong-way drivers can be, even when they do not hit another vehicle directly. The unpredictable actions of a wrong-way driver can cause other road users to act unpredictably, as well. This is particularly dangerous when ice or snow makes the roads even more slippery, or when nighttime driving or weather conditions decrease visibility.

Other conditions which can increase the likelihood of Wrong-way driving

Wrong-way driving can be attributed to dangerous driving behavior, such as not paying attention to road signs or driving while impaired. This is what happened in one fatal accident on the Kansas Turnpike. According to The Wichita Eagle, four people were killed when an SUV traveled northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic. Its driver was found to have a blood alcohol level of .22. This is nearly three times the legal limit set forth by Section 8-1567 of the Kansas Statutes.

In another wrong-way crash in Wichita, an 81-year-old driver became caught in the wrong lanes of traffic on an exit of Interstate 135. KAKE reports that another car was unable to avoid a head-on collision with the wrong-way driver. Both drivers were taken to a nearby medical center for treatment. Senior drivers have additional medical and vision requirements in order to obtain a driver’s license, and these are explained by the Kansas Department of Revenue. While many senior drivers are perfectly capable of safe driving, it is important to understand the physical changes of age which can affect driving abilities, potentially leading to wrong-way driving.

These and many other causes contribute to wrong-way accidents in the Wichita area. It is important to determine the legal cause of a wrong-way accident in order to determine who was legally negligent and thus obligated to compensate victims for their injuries. A Wichita car accident attorney can help you determine all potential contributing factors to a wrong-way accident.

Utilizing Commercial Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent Crashes In Kansas

The damage caused by Truck accidents can be severe. In order ensure road safety, the Kansas Corporation Commission have put strict regulations in place to for commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Mechanical regulations include, but are not limited to, safety hitches, trailer braking systems, tire conditions, and periodic inspections.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 3,195 commercial truck crashes occurred in 2016, resulting in 74 deaths and 934 injuries. In 2015 alone, 400,000 truck accidents occurred nationwide, resulting in 4,067 deaths and 116,000 injuries. Despite the current regulations in place, more safeguards could be implemented.

Adding Safety Technology to Commercial Trucks

A recent study by AAA determined that incorporating safety technology in large trucks has an enormous impact on crash prevention. Such technology includes lane departure warning systems, automatic emergency braking, air disc braking, and video-based onboard safety monitoring systems. Lane departure warning systems are designed to keep drivers from veering out of their lane. AAA projects that this technology can prevent up to 6,372 crashes, 1,342 injuries, and 115 deaths per year.

According a Truckinginfo article, only 6 percent of commercial trucks are equipped with onboard video monitoring systems. This video-based technology is designed to monitor truck safety as well as the driver’s performance. AAA projects that this technology alone can prevent up to 63,000 crashes, 17,733 injuries, and 293 deaths per year.

Automatic emergency braking is designed to stop a vehicle without any action taken by the driver. AAA determines that it can prevent 5,294 crashes, 2,753 injuries, and 115 deaths per year. Lastly, air disc brakes provide a higher caliber of stopping power than standard pad brakes. When implemented on commercial trucks, this braking technology can prevent up to 2,411 crashes, 1,447 injuries, and 293 deaths per years.

If You’re Involved In a Truck Accident, Take No Chances

Following any motor vehicle accident, there are a number of actions you should take. Always secure the scene to ensure your safety and the safety of any other drivers involved. If you’re involved in a commercial truck crash in the state of Kansas, then take no chances. Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer who will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Rear-End and Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Wichita

Semi-trucks, eighteen-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles are known to cause severe injuries to car accident victims. Smaller, lighter vehicles have less momentum, and are therefore a less powerful mechanism of injury. Regardless of the severity of injuries sustained, car accident victims have the legal right to be compensated for their injuries and losses.

An experienced Wichita rear-end collision attorney will protect this right.

Losses Caused by a Simple Rear-End Collision

Kansans experienced a poignant reminder of the severity of truck accidents in July, when a rear-end collision caused one death and left four vehicles completely destroyed in the resulting fire. Several other vehicles were also burned. According to The Wichita Eagle, Antonio DiFranco was driving a large tractor-trailer through a construction zone on the I-435 when traffic slowed ahead of him. DiFranco was reportedly following other vehicles too closely. He failed to control his speed, causing him to crash into the Isuzu Trooper in front of him. The Trooper caught on fire and its driver was severely burned. The tractor-trailer then came to a stop next to a large vehicle transport truck. Flames from the crash reached the transport truck, and three Dodge 3500 trucks on the transport were destroyed by fire. A fifth vehicle nearby was also destroyed in the fire. Fortunately, its occupant was helped out of her vehicle by bystanders, and she escaped without injury.

Nearly a month later, the driver of the Trooper succumbed to his injuries and died as a result of the burns. In a case such as this, it is possible that DiFranco’s employer could bear some liability for the accident. If DiFranco were not properly trained, or was forced to work too many hours without appropriate rest breaks, or if he had a bad driving record which should have precluded his employment altogether, the transportation company which employed him could be found to be legally responsible for causing the accident. A case such as this can also result in a significant award for pain and suffering. The driver of the Trooper spent his last month of life in excruciating pain from severe burn injuries. He was confined to the hospital, heavily medicated, and these are all compensable injuries which can be paid to the driver’s estate. While this may be a poor substitute for the pain that accompanied the man’s death, it is a legal right which he and his surviving family are owed, and one which is worthy of fighting for.

How Wichita Drivers Can Stay Safe Around Trucks

Large trucks are more likely to be involved in accidents, and they cause more damage when they do. Reduce your chances of being involved in a truck accident by taking appropriate precautions when driving near a truck or big rig. Always leave plenty of following distance, as large, heavy trucks require greater stopping distance to avoid obstacles in the road. Ensure you are seen by using your signals and headlights to alert truck drivers to your presence.

In Kansas, there is a “rebuttable presumption in favor of plaintiff” in rear-end collisions. This means that it is reasonable to assume that the rear driver is at-fault in a rear-end crash. Defendants can present evidence in an attempt to prove why they were not at-fault, but generally, motorists have a duty to maintain a reasonable distance from the vehicle ahead. A failure to do in an accident can be grounds to establish that the rear driver is responsible.

Together, drivers of trucks and passenger vehicles can make the roads of Wichita safer for everyone.

Wichita, Kansas Truck Accidents Caused by Cargo Issues

The main job of trucks on Kansas roads is to transport cargo. Unfortunately, sometimes that cargo is not properly loaded and problems can arise as a result. Cargo can fly out of trucks and injure other motorists on the road. It could also cause a truck collision if it is unbalanced. Furthermore, load problems are a big reason for truck rollover crashes, which can be deadly.

If a truck accident is caused by cargo issues, the driver and trucking company could be held accountable. It is important for victims to understand how accidents happen and to provide proof of the cause of the truck crash so they can get fair compensation.

Three main cargo issues that cause truck crashes include:

  • Unbalanced loads: A load is weighted too heavily to one side of the truck or the other.
  • Unsecured loads: Debris from the cargo load flies off the truck and causes injury by hitting other vehicles or motorists; by creating a road obstacle that causes a crash; or by obscuring the vision of other motorists.
  • Oversized loads: Trucks have weight limits and are not allowed to exceed them. If a truck has a load that weighs too much, this can increase the risk of tire blowouts and rollover accidents. Because the truck is much heavier, it will also have a longer stopping distance and will create a bigger impact if it collides with other vehicles.

These cargo issues can result in a significant number of truck crashes happening. An analysis was conducted to determine causes of large truck rollover accidents and was published by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. It showed that 26 out of 239 rollovers studied, happened because a load was heavier than it should have been; was fastened too insecurely; or was placed too high on the truck.

In the report on the study, researches indicated that: “The effect of loads is evident in the fact that they have twice the effect on rollovers as they do on other truck crashes.” The risks are worse when the truck is going around a curve or was on a ramp. Both lane-changes and situations where a wheel drops off the pavement were also higher-risk times for rollovers caused by overloaded trucks.

Trucker misjudgment can also combine with load problems to make the risk of a collision even greater. In 18 of the 29 rollover incidents, the trucker misjudged how fast he could safely travel given the load he was carrying.

A truck driver can be held responsible if he or she was negligent in loading the truck or unreasonably careless in driving the vehicle. It is important for any victim to understand the rules regarding truck driver liability for loss. Because the trucker could be an agent of his employer, the employer could also be liable for losses.