One of the most hazardous traffic scenarios you may ever face is driving near a loaded 18-wheeler in the middle of jackknifing or folding against itself. These truck accidents have the potential to injure or kill those in nearby vehicles.
Sometimes, jackknife accidents involve negligence, but they can also occur without driver negligence (avoiding a hazard, sudden inclement weather, etc.). Those seriously injured in a truck accident must learn why the crash happened to protect their financial compensation.
When is a jackknife accident negligence?
No one understands the danger of jackknife truck accidents better than those who drive tractor-trailers for a living. Most truckers take great measures to reduce the risk of a jackknife, but they still occur with alarming frequency.
Trucker negligence may play a role in jackknife crashes caused by these actions or inactions:
- Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions
- Breaking traffic laws or federal trucking regulations
- Driving while distracted, intoxicated or affected by drugs
- The trucking company may be negligent and legally liable for your crash injuries in the following scenarios.
- Encourages drivers to break hours of service rules
- Fails to keep its fleet maintained and in good condition
- Hires inexperienced or improperly trained truck operators
Do not underestimate the costs of ongoing treatment for severe accident injuries. Instead, ensure your accident compensation claim addresses all harm suffered in the crash.
Don’t overlook these steps
Have a doctor assess your injuries and keep copies of all medical records and reports to establish medical proof of harm. Ask your healthcare team if they expect you to experience complications or suffer long-term injury hardships.
Learning more about California accident compensation also helps you rest assured that your claim accounts for all your losses.