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Injuries Due to Jackknife Accidents

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Any accident involving a semi-truck or an eighteen-wheeler truck can have catastrophic consequences. Jackknife accidents, in particular, can be especially dangerous. These happen when the trailer end of a semi-truck comes out from behind, in front of the truck, to form an L-shape. The truck driver may brake too suddenly, or makes an abrupt, swerving motion.

Causes of Jackknife Accidents

These accidents can happen when truck drivers lose control of the vehicle, due to inclement weather, causing slippery roads, or reckless or drowsy driving. In fact, drowsy truck driver is a common problem in the industry, which results in the alarming amount of truck accidents that do happen in Texas. Commercial drivers are required to get certain amounts of rest and log them, but these logbooks are often fudged in order to meet demanding deadlines. These books can be the smoking gun in your jackknife injury suit.

Here are examples of why jackknife accidents happen:

  • Speeding
  • Overloaded cargo
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Reckless or drowsy driving
  • Slippery or dangerous roads

A jackknife accident is certainly preventable. Drivers can avoid getting into an accident by relying on defensive driving tactics. One of the ways they can do so is to pump the brakes so that the truck can come to a gradual stop. This can be helpful, but if the truck is overloaded and its weight is not distributed properly, even preventative measures may not work.

That is why, if you were injured, you should retain a San Antonio truck accident lawyer at our firm. We have more than 100 years of combined experience and have a winning history of gaining successful settlements and verdicts for clients.

You deserve to be compensated for injuries if you were not at fault. We can fight on your side today! Call Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. for a free consultation.

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