One of the most common accidents that truckies must contend with is rollovers, as a Melbourne truck driver discovered recently. A truckie’s B-Double truck collided with a stationary vehicle on a highway in NSW, causing the truck to rollover, trapping the driver inside the cab for hours.
The man was trapped in the truck for many hours and once released had to be rushed to hospital for treatment. The occupants of the car were also injured and had to be treated in hospital.
Read this post from Fullyloaded.com.au that explains what happened:
A Melbourne truck driver trapped under his truck after it rolled on the Hume Highway yesterday is in a stable condition.
The 38-year-old crashed his B-double into a stationary car on the highway near Jugiong in New South Wales. The truck rolled onto its side about 130 metres down the highway upon impact.
The driver was trapped for several of hours before being freed and air-lifted to hospital.
A driver and a passenger from the other vehicle were replacing a punctured tyre of the trailer they were towing near Audley Road before the accident.
The 50-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with a broken leg, with his wife suffering from chest and ankle injuries.
NSW Police Superintendent Stuart Smith is calling on drivers to obey road conditions at all times.
“Any motorist pulling into a breakdown lane or road shoulder needs to do so at a safe speed and ensure they park their vehicle in a visible location that is as far away from passing traffic as possible,” Smith says.
“Whether you are driving on a freeway, highway or a suburban street, please stick to the road rules, drive to the conditions and exercise caution at all times. It only takes a split second lapse in concentration for a serious crash to occur.”
Although the reason why the truck collided with the stationary car in the first place has not been discovered, the truck most probably lost control which happens to most trucks because of tyre blowouts, brake failure, speeding etc.
These are the situations that present a roll over hazard however there are some cases in which driver behaviour causes roll overs. Some examples include driver fatigue and micro sleeps which may cause the driver to drift or over steer. Other causes may be driver fatigue, driver inexperience in transporting loads with a high centre of gravity, drifting off the road, then quickly counter-steering, failure to anticipate sharp ramp or curve, entering a turn or ramp too fast, driver distraction, over steering.A truck can only accept a certain amount of steering at a given speed. Whenever the driver steers more than the truck can handle it will result in a collision or rollover.
The most common driver mistakes that can result in accidents are speeding, lack of vehicle maintenance and driving while fatigued. Drivers and operators need to be aware of these in order to overcome these types of incidents in the future.