The actions taken by a reckless truck driver will affect not only himself or herself, but everyone that is in the path of his or her oversized vehicle. Large 18 wheelers have both a driver cabin and large trailer to carry and transport cargo. A jackknife accident may occur when a truck begins to skid, and its trailer thereafter swings to the side of the driver cabin, which resembles an open jackknife. These accidents may result where truck drivers come to a sudden stop, slippery roads, or many other reasons. The accidents that follow a jackknife can result in severe damage to both people and property. If you have been injured in a New Mexico jackknife trucking collision, contact our Albuquerque jackknife trucking wreck attorney to find out about your potential claim.
There are several potential scenarios where a tractor trailer may jackknife on the road. Driving conditions such as unmaintained roadways or bad weather are among the most common causes. Other common situations which will cause a commercial truck to jackknife include:
Distracted Drivers: Driving a large commercial vehicle requires a heightened level of skill. When drivers get distracted and fail to pay attention to other vehicles in traffic, they run the risk of having to brake suddenly, causing the cargo trailer to jackknife.
Drowsiness/falling asleep at the wheel: trucking companies often give financial incentives for their drivers to quickly transport their cargo. Because of this, truck drivers may skip breaks, drive through the night, or fall asleep at the wheel. When this happens, they will lose control over the truck, and may not gain full consciousness until an accident has already occurred.
Speeding: When driving at excessive speeds a driver may lose control of the vehicle.
Impaired Drivers: Truckers who drive commercial vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have slower reaction times in the event of an accident, potentially causing the truck to jackknife.
When a large commercial vehicle gets into a jackknife accident it will hit or misplace any vehicle behind him, causing a chain reaction involving multiple victims. Victims of a jackknife trucking accident may potentially face extensive medical and property bills as a result of the accident. However, victims do have hope in the form of a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company for their driver’s negligence.
A successful trucking wreck claim may allow for victims to recover an award of damages. Some common forms of compensation that our jackknife trucking wreck attorneys have recovered for victims include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.