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3 Things That Can Cause A Commercial Truck to Jackknife

We share the road with commercial trucks every day. Our national economy relies on commercial trucking and truck drivers. But there’s no getting away from the fact that big rigs can be dangerous. A crash between a passenger car and an 80,0000 ton truck can mean catastrophic injuries or even death. Nor are trucking crashes limited to affecting only one passenger car. There are times when a truck accident can involve multiple cars. As when a tractor-trailer jackknifes. Jackknifing and Tractor-Trailers When an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer skids, and the trailer swings out onto the side of the cab, forming an “L” or “V”...

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Airplanes Have Them and So Do Commercial Trucks. The Commercial Truck Black Box.

In the (thankfully) rare instances when an airplane crashes, airline companies and the federal government need information to find out what went wrong, to prevent it from happening again. They do this by means of a “flight recorder” also known as a “black box.”(Why this is so when flight recorders are actually orange, is anyone’s guess.) A flight recorder is an electronic recording device that is in the aircraft. Its purpose is to record the airplane’s flight history. In the event of a crash, the information on the flight recorder can assist officials in investigating the cause of the crash. Commercial Trucks...

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Airplanes Have Them and So Do Commercial Trucks. The Commercial Truck Black Box.

In the (thankfully) rare instances when an airplane crashes, airline companies and the federal government need information to find out what went wrong, to prevent it from happening again. They do this by means of a “flight recorder” also known as a “black box.”(Why this is so when flight recorders are actually orange, is anyone’s guess.) A flight recorder is an electronic recording device that is in the aircraft. Its purpose is to record the airplane’s flight history. In the event of a crash, the information on the flight recorder can assist officials in investigating the cause of the crash. Commercial Trucks...

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Mechanical Issues are Huge When it Comes to the Big Rigs.

When it comes to legal investigations following a commercial trucking accident, most people look to the truck driver or the trucking company for negligence. For example, did the trucking company encourage drivers to drive over the required number of hours? Did they hire untrained drivers? Or, had the driver taken any drugs or alcohol? Was he texting and driving? These are just some of the usual (and normal) questions that are asked during any investigation of negligence in a truck accident case. While a thorough investigation of the company and the driver’s actions up to the time of the accident are a...

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How Trucking Companies Contribute to Truck Accidents.

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents and the issue of negligence, we generally think that it is the driver of the vehicle that is responsible whenever there is a crash. And for many car accidents, that may indeed be the case. But when it comes to trucking accidents—crashes involving 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers or other big, commercial vehicles—things are never quite so simple. While the truck driver can be at fault for an accident certainly, sometimes it’s not just the truck driver who failed to comply with his duty of care. Oftentimes trucking companies are responsible as well.. The Trucking Industry is Highly Regulated. Trucking...

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Just in an Accident With a Big Rig? Do This.

Getting into an accident with any kind of vehicle is upsetting. But if you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler or commercial truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, you won’t just be upset—you just might come unglued. Big rigs wreak enormous havoc when they are involved in an accident with a passenger car.  The injuries to the people in the car can be catastrophic or can result in someone’s death. Recovering from injuries received in a crash with a big rig can take months or years; if you recover at all. Accidents involving big rigs are governed by...

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Factors That Affect the Value of Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit.

Money can never make up for the pain and trauma of a spinal cord injury. But it can help defray some of the burdensome expenses victims and their families must bear when an accident results in catastrophic injuries to a loved one. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to hold the negligent person responsible and to compensate (to the extent possible) the injured person for his or her injuries. As a result, a large part of any personal injury lawsuit involving spinal cord injuries will be about the damages you can receive to compensate you for your injuries. Damages. Money damages are...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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Asleep at the Wheel: A Serious Trucking Issue.

Every year over 110,000 people are injured and more than 5,000 are killed in motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks. If that’s not scary enough, one study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine – Sleep Medicine Division reported that nearly half of all semi-truck drivers admitted to having “drifted off” while driving a long-haul route. Sleep Deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a common cause of big rig accidents. Long-haul truck drivers are on the road driving from coast to coast. They sit all day, alone in a cab, driving in traffic.  Their hours are irregular and truck  drivers work nights, weekends...

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Being Overweight is Never Good, But in Commercial Trucks, It’s Downright Dangerous.

Have you ever wondered what makes an accident between a car (or, heaven forbid, a motorcycle) and a commercial trucking vehicle so horrendous? Mass. The sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semis that are frequently loaded down with large quantities of products or heavy equipment cause these massive vehicles to be extremely dangerous for other drivers on the road. And, things get worse if a big-rig is overweight. The Dangers of Being Overweight. While we all understand the danger that being overweight can pose to one’s health, when it comes to big rigs, the stakes are even higher. Overloaded trucks pose a significant threat...

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