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Jackknifing Trucks Creating Devastating Pileups

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b2ap3_thumbnail_jackknifing-trucks-DuPage-County.jpgCommerce is driving the flow of goods at higher rates than ever. E-commerce, or-online sales, are increasing the journey of goods from warehouses for distribution all over the country. The vehicles transporting these goods—massive tractor trailer trucks—are sharing the roads with everyday drivers—busy moms, teen drivers, senior citizens and school buses.

However, the sheer weight of these trucks can be problematic. When a truck is not properly loaded, a hazardous driving condition can be created due to an uneven load.

If you have been involved in an serious truck accident and suspect the driver was driving in a dangerous manner, contact a truck accident attorney who can assist you in seeking compensation for injuries and damage you have suffered.

Dangerous Truckers

There are several scenarios where truckers put lives at risk on the road and may include the following:

  • Driver fatigue;
  • Impaired driving;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Speeding; and
  • Overloaded or uneven loads.

All of these scenarios could prove deadly for innocent drivers and passengers in surrounding vehicles—vehicles which are likely much smaller in size.

Jackknifing is one particular incident where a truck’s tractor swings out at a 90 degree angle from the cab and causes a horrific situation on the road. Usually the precursor to a truck jackknifing is speed or an uneven load. A sudden or insufficient stopping distance can cause jackknifing, as well as taking a curve or making a left or right turn.

Truckers should pay special attention to their speed, weather conditions, truck maintenance records, and load. Additionally, truck drivers should always stay alert. Jackknifing tractors can cause a catastrophe on the roads. Other cars can be swiped and occupants severely injured. Also, a truck may ends up rolling over which can crush anything that happens to be caught near it.

Truck Accident Attorneys

Retaining the services of compassionate and experienced attorneys who are knowledgeable in the area of negligent trucking companies and/or drivers is advisable. You may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries and losses. Mevorah Law Offices LLC are skilled DuPage County truck accident attorneys who have the skills and investigative legal resources to present a strong case on your behalf. They will fight for compensation for your injuries and property damages. Injured victims may also be entitled to making a claim against the owner of the goods being transported, those in charge of maintaining the truck to be roadworthy, and the trucking company. These layers of liability can be analyzed thoroughly with the right legal counsel. Reach out today for an assessment of your legal rights.

Source:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/travel-information/roadway-information/share-the-road

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