New Jersey Tractor-Trailer Jackknife Accidents
According to research by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, it was determined that jackknife accidents account for 10% of all truck-related occupant fatalities. The same study concluded that trucks carrying a lighter load are more likely to jackknife. So what is a jackknife accident? This is an accident that occurs when the trailer portion of a truck swings to the side, which makes it point at a 90-degree angle. This becomes a problem because these already large trucks are typically loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of cargo, which can cause the most serious of accidents. They are very likely to overturn and create a huge hazard on the highway.
Every year, truckers are involved in these accidents – and motor vehicle drivers sharing the roadways are injured as a result. There are risk factors that make these accidents more prevalent, including curvy roads, bad weather, and speeding. They can cause some of the most serious injuries such as broken bones, burns, concussion, traumatic brain injuries, back and spine injuries, internal injuries, and contusions. Injuries are a very realistic effect of these serious accidents and can be extremely costly as well as painful. This is why many people wonder what they can do when they have been involved in these accidents.
Incidents and Liability
Why does jackknifing occur in the first place? Could it have been prevented? The reality is that not all of these accidents can be avoided. They occur primarily when a truck must brake suddenly, which is sometimes because of a good reason and sometimes due to negligence. If the truck was going too quickly, then the truck can suddenly go into a skid situation and jackknifing will occur. What many people do not understand is that the braking system of a truck is a lot different from smaller cars. Unfortunately, many truck drivers overestimate each year as well and put too much faith in their trucks and driving skills, which can lead to accidents if they are not careful.
In some situations, an emergency applies. Perhaps somebody ran out in the middle of the road and a truck driver had to brake to avoid him or her. The truck will jackknife if the brakes are not applied properly, which is why it is especially important for them to avoid these accidents at all costs. Because some accidents are caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may have a case if you have been involved in one of these serious accidents. This is why it is necessary to prove liability to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Here are some of the most popular liable parties in these incidents:
- Trucking company (truck driver’s employer)
- Parts manufacturer
- Third party (such as somebody illegally stopped on the highway)
Determining liability may be one of the most difficult parts of your case. This is why it is important to talk to an attorney before you move forth with your case because it will also become one of the most important aspects of your case. Speak with us today for more information on how to handle your claim.