Loss Control Insights for Petroleum Marketers
3 Myths about Cargo Tank Rollovers
You may think you know what causes rollovers, but the actual facts—supplied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) — might surprise you.
Myth #1—Rollovers are caused by poor driving conditions, such as curvy roads, rain or darkness.Facts: Over half (56%) of rollovers occur on straight roads. About 2/3 of rollovers happen during the day, and nearly all of them (93%) occur on dry roads.
Myth #2—Rollovers are caused by speeding or careless driving.Facts: Surprisingly, these factors aren’t big contributors to rollovers either. Only 28% of all cargo tank accidents involve excessive speed, and evasive maneuvers are a factor in only 5%-10% of rollovers.
Myth #3—Rollovers are only a concern for inexperienced drivers.Facts: About 66% of rollovers involve drivers with 10 or more years of driving experience. Most rollovers occur among drivers between the ages of 25 and 55.
So driving conditions, speeding and inexperience aren’t at fault in the majority of rollover accidents. What factors DO matter?