Gillette Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyers
We Take These Crashes Seriously. So Should the Insurance Company
Because of a big rig’s size and weight, as well as the fact that its trailer is connected by a relatively small hitch, it’s easy for truckers to lose control of their rigs. One devastating outcome is a jackknife accident.
The trial attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., have worked with victims of truck accidents to help them receive the full compensation they are entitled to under Wyoming law. We won’t let a bad-faith trucking insurer get in the way. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Gillette-area truck accident, contact us today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free consultation.
Jackknifing Is a Serious Problem
When a tractor-trailer jackknifes, the trailer folds in on the cab at an acute angle, similar to a pocketknife. This can happen when the truck loses control or starts to skid. The trailer will continue pushing forward into the cab, causing it to spin around. Sometimes, a driver will purposefully try to jackknife a vehicle; for example, after experiencing brake failure, to try to stop the rig.
What Are the Possible Causes of a Jackknife?
Jackknifing can occur for a number of reasons. In Wyoming, one of the leading causes is bad weather conditions. In the winter months, our highways can be extremely slick due to ice and snow. When the road is slippery, jackknife accidents become more likely.
Another cause is equipment failure. If the trailer is improperly hitched, it’s much easier for the driver to lose control of the vehicle and the trailer to swing around, or for the trailer to detach altogether. Another factor in many of these accidents is brake failure.
Finally, driver error can also be the reason a jackknife occurs. Driving a semi-truck takes a great deal of experience, and when drivers haven’t had the proper training, they’re more likely to attempt risky maneuvers or make foolish decisions. At the same time, if a driver has been overworked, fatigue can also be an issue.
Are There Any Safety Precautions That Can Be Taken to Prevent Jackknifing?
Safety options that can help prevent jackknifing have been available for decades. One of the simplest methods is anti-lock braking systems in the cab. Modern trucks can be fitted with electronic brakeforce distribution, which varies the pressure to the rear brakes during a sudden stop or when the truck is heavily loaded.
The heavier the load in the back of the truck is, the more likely it is to jackknife as well. The same is true if the cargo is not evenly loaded and secured. Truckers and their employers need to make sure the load is tied down and balanced to prevent this.
After a Jackknife, Call a Tough Truck Accident Attorney
Any impact between an 18-wheeler and a car or pickup will likely result in the smaller vehicle taking the brunt of the damage. Trucking companies have to properly train their drivers and staff and ensure that all equipment is in working order. If they fail to do so, and a truck collides with innocent victims, there was negligence involved – and the victims are owed money.
If you’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, don’t assume the trucking insurance company will take care of you. Your best bet is to consult with an experienced Gillette personal injury lawyer. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we’re dedicated to protecting victims. Call (307) 257-7800 today to find out how we can help you.
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