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Truck Driver Error can Result in Jackknife Accidents

Truck drivers routinely drive 80,000 pound vehicles at speeds of 70 miles per hour or more.  When these vehicles are involved in accidents, the destruction and injury caused can be tremendous.  As a result, the individuals who drive these vehicles are expected to operate them in a way that does not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to the public. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and sometimes truck driver negligence results in serious accidents. Georgia law allows individuals who are injured in accidents caused by negligence to recover for their injuries and other losses. If you have been in an accident, talking to a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer about your case is the first step in making sure you get the compensation you deserve.

  • Speeding

  • Distracted driving

  • Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection

  • Improper braking

  • Taking turns too fast

  • Acceleration

  • Improperly secured cargo

  • Improper loading of cargo

  • Failure to account for high winds or other adverse weather conditions

Jackknife accidents are among the most dangerous type of truck accident that can occur, and involve the trailer of a semi-truck folding against the cab resembling the action of a folding knife. While some jackknife accidents are unavoidable, a significant number are the result of errors made by the truck’s driver. Some of the more common kinds of driver error that result in jackknife accidents include:

After a truck accident, it is important for victims to record as much information about the way the accident occurred as possible. An experienced lawyer will be able to review the facts of the your accident and determine if any evidence of driver negligence exists.

Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation

People who have been injured in Georgia tractor trailer accidents can often recover significant financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Peachtree City truck accident lawyers call our office today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia