In California, big rigs are an important component of our economy, but, when big rig accidents occur, they can result in death and destruction. There were roughly 4,000 fatal truck accidents last year, with a total of 317,000 truck accidents.
It’s simple to assign fault in some of these mishaps. Others are more challenging. When a jackknife mishap occurs, for example, who is to blame? Continue reading for more information, and if you have been involved in this or another type of truck accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation at 800-333-0000.
Understanding a jackknife accident
First, let’s define what a jackknife accident is. It includes a truck driver attempting a rapid stop, causing their brakes to lock up. They could have been trying to dodge a piece of road debris that appeared out of nowhere, or they could have been following the automobile in front of them too closely. When the truck’s brakes are locked, the sides and portion of the truck spin to form an L-shape, similar to how a jackknife looks when it’s open.
Jackknife accident can have a variety of causes
In certain circumstances, jackknife accidents are caused by truck driver error or inattention, and the truck is stopped too rapidly for its weight and speed. A vehicle coming in front of a truck or changing lanes without warning might also be the cause, requiring the truck driver to lock their brakes. Jackknife skids can also be caused by wet roads and other weather issues.
It’s possible that the vehicle was attempting to avoid debris on the road. It’s possible that the truck wasn’t properly maintained or that the brakes were broken. In the latter situation, it’s possible that the trucking business will be held financially liable for the accident.
In a jackknife accident, determining who is at fault can be difficult
It is true that determining culpability in a jackknife accident involving a huge rig can be difficult. It’s possible that the driver was inattentive, but if it was due to the firm’s schedule, which obliged them to drive for longer than the legal limit, the corporation might be held responsible.
If another vehicle prompted the large rig driver to come to a halt and they skidded into a jackknife, that driver might be held liable. If the collision was caused by obstructions or debris, the city may be at responsibility for poor road maintenance, or whoever is responsible for the debris may be at fault.
The good news is that you won’t have to figure out who’s at fault since The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to help. Call us at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation if you have been in an accident and believe you are owed compensation from the at-fault party.