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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2016AugustPreventing Cargo Tank Truck Rollovers

Preventing Cargo Tank Truck Rollovers

A new resource from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is designed to help prevent rollover accidents involving cargo tank trucks. The FMCSA has joined with major industry leaders as well as the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in developing and releasing this important tool. According the to FMCSA, the new guide (“Keep the Load on the Road: A Driver’s Guide to Cargo Tank Truck Rollover Prevention”) is designed to serve as a helpful training resource for drivers. It provides information and education for commercial truck drivers who operate cargo tank motor vehicles that are responsible for transporting hazardous substances.

Important New Tool for Cargo Truck Drivers from the FMCSA

There are four major approaches utilized in the prevention of cargo tank truck rollovers. Each component is important in understanding why vehicle rollovers occur and how they can be prevented.

The training video discusses all four factors in preventing cargo tank truck rollovers:

  1. Load effects
  2. Highway-related factors
  3. Driver error factors
  4. Vehicle design and performance

Driver Error is the Leading Cause of Cargo Tank Truck Rollovers

Studies of accidents and their causes show that more than 78% of rollovers include driver error as a contributing or major factor. The FMCSA, PHMSA, and trucking industry partners responsible for producing the training video believe in the importance of driver education and awareness as a key factor in preventing cargo tank truck rollovers. This video is designed to increase awareness and understanding of the underlying causes that can result in rollovers.

What Does the Training Video Include?

The video discusses how drivers can prevent rollovers from happening, and answers common questions that many truck drivers ask. The training resource also features interviews with survivors of cargo truck tank rollovers, who discuss what happened to them, what they learned from the experience, and what recommendations they have for other drivers.

This includes the following topics:

  • Why rollovers happen
  • How rollovers happen
  • How drivers can stop rollovers from occurring
  • How vehicle design can raise or lower the risk of a potential rollover
  • How proper / improper loading strategy can raise or lower the risk of a potential rollover
  • Warning signs of a potential rollover
  • Weather conditions, road conditions, and other conditions that can contribute to rollovers
  • Unsafe behaviors to avoid in preventing rollovers

You can learn more about the training tool or watch the complete video by visiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. If you were hurt in a collision caused by a truck rollover, we encourage you to speak with our truck accident lawyers. You can reach us at any time by calling our office at (888) 490-0442.


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