5 Dangerous Roads In States Where Truck Can Roll Over
According to statistics, trucks roll over more often than other vehicles due to the shifted center of gravity and high weight. Here you can find 5 places where truckers have to be especially attentive to avoid overturning the truck.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly half of all fatal large-truck accidents in 2020 resulted from rollovers.
A trucking company Lytx identified locations where truck drivers are most likely to encounter rollovers at speeds of 40 mph or greater. The rollover probability was calculated based on sensors in trucks that detect the physics of vehicles that could lead to a rollover.
I-64/I-77, Giles to Dawes, West Virginia
A stretch of the West Virginia Turnpike (Interstates 64/77) less than 1 mile long is where truckers run the highest risk of rollovers. This area between the small towns of Giles and Dawes is a little more than 20 miles south of the state capital of Charleston.
I-85 at I-285, northeastern Atlanta
Known as “Spaghetti Junction,” the Tom Moreland Interchange in northeastern Atlanta has the second-highest chance of large commercial truck rollovers. This is at the intersection of Interstates 85 and 285, along with several access roads. Spaghetti Junction is a five-level stack interchange that handles about 300,000 vehicles a day, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and has 14 bridges.
I-40 at I-65, western Nashville
Just a few miles from Vanderbilt University lies the third-likeliest place for tractor-trailer rollovers. It’s where Interstate 40 intersects Interstate 65 on the western side of Nashville. One of the busiest freight lanes in the country, I-40 carries at least 8,500 trucks a day from coast to coast, according to the FHWA.
I-64, Nuckolls to Whittaker, West Virginia
Fourth on the list of high rollover risk for big rigs is another short stretch of highway in West Virginia, only 10 miles from the I-64/I-77 danger zone noted above. It runs for about 1.5 miles on Interstate 64 between the small towns of Whittaker and Nuckolls, almost 30 miles south of Charleston.
I-75 at I-285, northwestern Atlanta
Known as the Cobb Cloverleaf, the intersection of Interstates 75 and 285 in northwestern Atlanta round out the five places truckers are most prone to rollovers. It’s in Cobb County, just a stone’s throw from Truist Park, home of the Braves major leagues baseball team. Despite its nickname, the interchange has only two cloverleaf-style ramps. The Georgia Department of Transportation has posted signage on I-75 referring to the interchange by its official name, the Emory Parrish Interchange.