Semi-trucks are a type of articulated vehicle, meaning that they have two or more sections that are connected by a joint, allowing for greater turning capability. While this design has certain advantages, it also creates certain risks that are not an issue for non-articulated vehicles. One of these risks is the risk of a jackknife accident, which is a type of accident that occurs when the segments of an articulated vehicle fold against one another. When these accidents occur because of driver negligence, those affected may be able to recover by filing a personal injury claim, and should consult with a Peachtree City truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
Driver negligence can cause jackknife accidents in a number of ways. Some of the most common include the following:
- Improper braking
- Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Colliding with other vehicles
- Turning too quickly
- Failure to account for poor weather conditions
- Distracted driving
There are many other ways that a driver may cause a jackknife accident, and an attorney familiar with truck accident cases will be able to evaluate your case for any evidence of driver negligence. In some cases, another party may be responsible for the accident. Because of the potential complexity of these issues, it is advisable for victims of jackknife accidents to discuss their options with an attorney before pursing any course of action. Finally, people injured in truck accidents should be certain to seek medical attention immediately.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
People injured or otherwise affected by a semi-truck jackknife accident may be able to recover compensation for any losses sustained. The truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith have the experience required to bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999 or fill out the online contact form available above.