Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2010, there were over 500,000 commercial vehicle and truck accidents across the United States, including jack knife accidents.
Jack knife accidents are typically severe due to the extreme size of commercial vehicles and trucks. Many of these vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which creates an extremely dangerous situation for anyone in the path of the accident. In many cases, these accidents will result in damaged property, injury, and death.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a jack knife accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses and damages that may have occurred. Our attorneys believe that it is the responsibility of the negligent individual to pay for any and all damages they have caused to innocent accident victims.
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Causes of Jack Knife Accidents
Often times, jack knife accidents are caused by driver error. This error may be caused by the truck driver, or the driver of the passenger vehicle acting in a negligent manner. As Alabama has high trucking traffic as goods are delivered throughout the United States, there will continue to be increased percentages of these types of accidents.
A few common causes of jack knife accidents include:
- Acceleration on wet or icy surfaces
- Driver Error
- Down Shifting
- Engine Retarders
- Inexperienced Drivers
- Incorrectly Adjusting Brakes
- Unbalanced Truck Loads
- Sudden Stopping
In many cases, a jack knife may occur when a trucks drive wheels lock as a truck is approaching a slippery spot. This will cause the trailer to continue moving forward and the driver to lose control, thus resulting in the trailer swinging to one side.
How Truck Drivers Avoid Jack Knife Accidents
When a truck begins to skid on a slippery surface is when a truck driver must react properly to avoid a jack knife. A jack knife can be avoided by the truck driver discontinuing to break and steer into the skid. This will allow for the truck to maintain its alignment, thus preventing the jack knife from occurring.
A few additional measures include:
- Taking curves in the road more slowly
- Avoid deceleration during downhill turns
- Applying the brakes more evenly
- Avoid tailgating other vehicles
In the instance that these safety precautions are not taken, the truck driver may be held accountable for any accidents that may be caused as a result.
Jack Knife Accident Injuries
It is common for individuals to suffer from a variety of injuries after they have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, such as a truck. These injuries can vary in severity depending on many different factors such as; speed, type of crash, and location of the injury. Some of the most common types of jack knife accident injuries include:
- Air bag injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Dental injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Facial injuries
- Herniated disc injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Seat belt injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
If you believe you have been injured during any type of vehicle collision, it is advised to seek immediate medical attention. Not to mention, these documents may be used by our lawyers to formulate a strong case in the court of law.
Need Help? Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
At the Citrin Law Firm, our lawyers believe that truck accident victims suffering from injuries due to the negligence of another individual, have the right to seek justice for their injuries in the court of law. We believe that these negligent individuals must all be held accountable for their actions of injuring an innocent person.
With our office located in Mobile, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Alabama.
A few locations we serve include:
- Myrtle Grove
- Ocean Springs
To learn more about our truck accident attorneys, our firm welcomes you to contact us at 251-888-8888 to speak with a helpful member of our intake team who will gather information regarding your accident and connect you with one of our attorneys ready to fight for you in the court of law. Not to mention, our attorneys all work on a contingency fee basis, so we will not charge you unless a successful settlement or verdict has been obtained.
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