According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), around 500,000 trucking accidents occur annually in the United States, with 5,000 of these accidents resulting in fatalities. Out of all the truck accidents, jackknife truck accidents are considered the most devastating. A jackknifing accident occurs when an 18-wheeler brakes too fast and too hard, causing the cargo-carrying trailer to swing swiftly toward one side of the cab in a violent motion. The trailer has the potential to carry up to 80,000 pounds, which makes being involved in a collision can not only cause severe injuries, but also death.
Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents
Poor driving conditions, such as snow, rain, or ice, can make driving a truck difficult. Truck drivers must be constantly aware of their surroundings when inclement weather arrives. Truck drivers are also pressured to meet delivery deadlines, forcing them to attempt to get to their destination as rapidly as possible and lowering the emphasis of safety precautions when time equals money.
Other common causes of jackknife accidents include:
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Damaged/defective equipment
- Driver fatigue
- Inexperienced training
- Insufficient training
- Maintenance negligence
- Overloading cargo
Have Our Experienced Legal Team On Your Side
At Band, Gates, Darmis, P.L., our Sarasota Truck Accident Attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience. If you or a loved one has been involved in a jackknife truck accident and suffered severe injuries, or even a wrongful death, it’s imperative to have a dedicated legal team seek compensation for the damages. Truck drivers are backed by their company and insurance representatives in case an accident occurs, leaving you to defend yourself against powerful entities if you decide to represent yourself in court. We are committed to thoroughly investigating your case in order to get the justice you deserve.
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