A two-vehicle accident was reported in eastern Michigan recently. A semi tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of a car, sending the smaller vehicle into a guardrail and its driver and other passenger to the hospital with serious injuries. The truck jackknifed and fell into a deep, water-filled ditch.
As often happens with truck versus car collisions, the truck driver sustained only minor injuries. The sheer size of a tractor-trailer creates a different type of accident than those involving only passenger vehicles — they are more dangerous, often resulting in catastrophic, long-term injuries.
Jackknifing occurs when the trailer attached to the cab swings around the side at an acute angle, resembling the motion of a jackknife folding into its own handle. When the trailer swings forward, it becomes likely that it will hit nearby vehicles or people.
After an accident with a truck, you need to prove there was negligence involved that directly resulted in your injury to receive compensation. Although jackknifing is dangerous, and often deadly, the act itself is not enough to establish negligence and liability. Some of the ways you can prove the truck driver acted negligently include:
Taking a curve too quickly
Driving too fast or unsafely for the weather conditions
However, if the driver suddenly applied the brakes to avoid hitting a stalled car or a person who ran in front of the truck, which resulted in the truck jackknifing, he or she might not be held liable. In those instances, the driver of the stalled car or the person who ran into the road may be liable. However, even in these instances, faulty equipment, such as defective brakes or improperly maintained tires, can be used to prove negligence and partial liability by the truck company.
If you were severely injured after a tractor-trailer jackknifed, or in any other type of trucking accident, an established Minnesota truck accident attorney can help find your best legal route. Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC is located in St. Paul and has a nationwide reach.
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