21 Mar 4 Things You Should Know about Jackknife Truck Accidents (Part 2)
Picking up from 4 Things You Should Know about Jackknife Truck Accidents (Part 1), the following discusses three more facts associated with jackknife accidents. Being aware of these facts can help drivers protect themselves not only on the roadways but also in the courtroom if they ultimately file a truck accident lawsuit.
Truck driver negligence is often a factor in causing jackknifes – Although many truck drivers are responsible individuals who take their jobs seriously, unfortunately, some may play too fast and loose with the rules by acting negligently when driving and, consequently, increasing the risk of jackknife accidents. Some ways in which truck driver negligence can contribute to jackknife accidents include by (but aren’t limited to):
- Operating trucks while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Operating trucks while excessively fatigued (This has been likened to being as dangerous as drunk driving, as both significantly impair drivers and affect their reaction times.)
- Failing to inspect and/or maintain trucks prior to taking them out onto the roads
- Disobeying traffic laws by, for example, speeding, cutting off other drivers, not yielding the rights-of-way to other motorists, etc.
- Trucking company negligence can also contribute to jackknife accidents – In some cases, trucking companies’ negligence may play a role in causing jackknifes. Some specific examples of this type of negligence include (but are not limited to) trucking companies:
- Failing to properly service their trucks
- Failing to properly screen and/or train their drivers
- Falsifying driving logs or maintenance records
- Encouraging drivers to violate federal trucking regulations (such as hours-of-service regulations).
When any type of negligence contributes to a jackknife truck accident (or any type of truck accident), injured people will typically have a claim against the negligent party and can obtain the compensation they likely deserve by working with an experienced attorney.
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You have a choice in the lawyer you hire to handle your claim, and the choice you make can affect the compensation you receive. Make sure that your lawyer has the ability and experience to handle your case. If you have been injured in a truck accident and suspect that another party’s negligence or recklessness may be to blame, the Phoenix truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been representing clients and aggressively defending their rights both inside and outside of the courtroom against defense attorneys, corporate lawyers and insurance company agents alike. In addition to having extensive experience handling motor vehicle accident lawsuits, our attorneys are also skilled at overseeing product liability cases, insurance bad faith cases and various other types of personal injury cases.
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