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Truck Rollovers Common in Texas

Every day, countless drivers take to Texas roadways to head to their destinations. During the summer months, traffic will become even worse. With more vehicles on the road, the potential for car and truck accidents increases. Many of these car accidents will simply be minor fender-benders, causing slight inconvenience for the drivers involved, but thankfully not resulting in any injuries to the occupants of the vehicles.

However, whenever an 18-wheeler is involved in a truck accident, chances are that it will result in serious injuries. This is especially the case when the truck leaves its wheels and rolls over. The out-of-control vehicle is not able to avoid colliding with other cars on the highway, making rollover accidents a major safety concern.

A recent study by the The American Transportation Research Institute examined truck accidents across 31 different states, covering the period from 2001-2009. Texas was one of the states listed in the study, and the results show that rollover accidents happen quite frequently within the state.

Texas rollover data was compiled from 2005-2009 (data from 2001-2004 was not available for the state), and during that time, there were 3595 rollover accidents. 291 rollover accidents resulted in fatalities. Shockingly, despite data for only five years, the state still was still one of the more dangerous locations for rollover accidents.

The report also broke down particular regions within Texas where most of these accidents occurred. Four of the top ten accident sites were located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Austin did not rank in the top ten, but Interstate 35 was listed as one particularly dangerous roadway at other various locations within the state.

Source: Truckinginfo.com "5/11/2012 New Research Identifies Large Truck Rollover Locations" May 11, 2012.

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