How to Avoid a Large Truck Jackknife Accident

Few things are more terrifying than being involved in an accident with a multi-ton large truck. Statistics confirm that even though large trucks account for just about 4 percent of all road traffic, they are responsible for 12 percent of all fatal accidents.

One of the deadliest of all large truck crashes, though, is a jackknifed truck.

In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk more about what causes a large truck to jackknife, and how you can avoid such accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident, we urge you to contact the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates. We’ll aggressively fight on your behalf to secure justice and compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages.

For a free consultation, call us at 907-276-5858 or send an email.

What is a truck jackknife?

Resembling the look of a pocket knife, a truck jackknife occurs when the trailer swings to one side of the truck cabin.

The danger is that such a formation can block all lanes of a highway, putting many other drivers at risk.

What causes a truck to jackknife?

There is a host of situations that can cause a large truck to jackknife, including:

  • Improper maintenance and incorrect brake adjustment
  • Traveling at high speeds
  • Bad weather conditions that make the road slippery
  • Sharp curves in the road
  • Driving forced to make evasive maneuvers to avoid an accident

How can car drivers avoid causing or being involved in a truck jackknife?

There are common sense proactive measure you can take to lessen the likelihood of being involved in a truck jackknife accident.

  • Stay out of a truck driver’s blind spot. If you cannot see the truck driver’s face or his/her mirror, they can’t see you.
  • Give the truck diver plenty of room to maneuver – especially in bad weather conditions.
  • Always pass on the truck driver’s left side.

If you’re injured in a large truck accident, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers at Barber & Associates.

If you’re injured by a large truck, it’s definitely in your best interest to leverage the expertise and skill set of a skilled Alaska personal injury lawyer.

Here at Barber & Associates, we’ve earned our reputation for aggressively fighting on behalf of Alaskans injured by others. We’ll fight on your behalf for justice and fair compensation so that you can concentrate completely on your recovery.

For a free consultation about your case, call us at 907-276-5858 or reach us via email.

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