${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}Veron, Bice, Palermo
& Wilson, LLC Land & Soil Contamination : Vehicle Collisions : Personal Injury

Truck Accidents May be Preventable With Stability Control Systems

One of the most common types of accidents involving large trucks are rollovers. While all truck-related accidents are serious given a typical tractor-trailer's size and weight, rollovers can be especially dangerous because they tend to happen quickly and with little warning to the driver or to nearby motorists. Tanker trucks are especially susceptible to rollovers, because their cargo is liquid and can naturally shift quickly when taking corners.

However, according to some new studies, many of these rollover crashes could be avoided with the use of technology that is already available and required on many passenger vehicles. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 3,500 accidents could be prevented each year with the usage of stability control systems on large trucks.

These stability systems essentially work by having sensors located near the wheels communicate to the truck's computer, which determines if the vehicle is becoming unbalanced or is in danger of rolling over. The computer then makes adjustments by applying the brakes to individual wheels until the truck is back in balance.

Currently this technology is required by the government to be added to all new passenger vehicles, but it isn't being required on commercial trucks. Regardless, some trucking companies are being proactive and adding the systems. One Houston-based company claims that it has reduced its rollover accidents from an average of 11 a year to one per year since installing the systems.

Considering the greater potential for accidents without the systems, the large potential liability for a serious truck accident, and the relatively low cost of adding these systems to trucks (estimated to be a little over $1,000 per truck), it seems that utilizing these systems may be in everyone's best interest. 

According to the NHTSA estimates, truck rollovers also account for as many as 4,400 injuries and 106 fatalities every year.

Related Resources:

NHTSA: New technology can prevent truck rollovers (Associated Press)

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Best Law Firms
10 Best Client Satisfaction
Louisiana Alliance
Bar Register
Multi Million Dollars
American Institute
American Jurist Institute TOP 10 Attorneys
TOP 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute 2017

Need Help? Schedule A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Our Office Location

721 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-513-4436
Fax: 337-310-1601
Lake Charles Law Office Map

Phone Numbers

Email us