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Causes of a Jackknife Truck Accident

A jackknife truck accident is one of the most severe motor vehicle collisions that could occur. Because trucks are so much larger than the average four-door sedan, accidents involving tractor-trailers have a greater potential to cause serious injury and death. Like other motor vehicle accidents, there are several different types of truck collisions. Some of these include:

Truck Accident Liability and Causes

Truck accident liability and the causes of these types of collisions can be different from motor vehicle crashes. Their complexity makes it important to obtain help after you’ve been in a collision that involves a big truck. Because of their much larger size and weight, catastrophic injuries and fatalities occur commonly. Having a strong case helps the injured person or grieving family obtain the compensation they need to pay for their financial losses.

Proving Liability in a Truck Accident

The commercial truck industry provides contributions to our economy by transporting much-needed equipment, supplies, and other materials. Without truckers, business owners would not be able to order the items they need to keep their company running. However, the trucking industry is known for pressuring their truck drivers to make unrealistic delivery deadlines. This is their way of maximizing their profit margins. With such impractical expectations, this can increase the risk of an accident when a trucker is forced to work extended hours without sufficient rest or speed along the highway to meet those deadlines. When this happens, a person who is injured in a truck accident will have to prove liability on the part of the trucker or trucking company to recover compensation for their injuries and losses.

Truck Accident Risk Increased by Driver Shortage

Over the years, the truck accident risk has increased around the nation. This is because there are more big trucks, including semis and other haulers, on the roadways. The industry is also suffering from a shortage of drivers. Experts are saying the shortage of drivers is now around 60 percent. This may triple to 100,000 by 2026. With more trucks on the road and a driver shortage, risky behavior may lead to serious accidents with other motorists.

Common Truck Accident Causes in Sacramento

Knowing what causes truck accidents can help the big rig driver, motorists and others stay safe while sharing the roadways. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 4,301 individuals died in 2017 in collisions with big trucks and countless numbers were injured. Unfortunately, a crash with a big truck often causes fatalities and serious injuries. This can leave the occupant of a motor vehicle, pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicycle rider with large medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. An experienced Sacramento truck accident lawyer can help you get the damages that you need and deserve to cover those costs.

Clearlake Area Trucking Collision Causes Critical Injuries

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials stated that a non-fatal vehicle accident left three people with injuries on the morning of Tuesday, April 16, 2019. According to responders, two people suffered minor trauma while one individual was critically injured during the crash. The collision involved three vehicles including a large semi-truck and happened in a rural area along Clear Lake between Nice and Lucerne. CHP says that their investigators are currently looking into what factors may have been responsible for the crash.

Truck Accident Injures Woman Near Merced

A woman suffered injuries in a recent truck accident involving two large commercial trucks near Merced. The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. along the southbound lanes of Highway 99, just north of Applegate Road. A woman from Atwater was driving her 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV southbound along Highway 99 when she was involved in a crash with a big rig. Officials said the collision caused a second tractor-trailer to strike the rear of the Chevrolet. This propelled the SUV over the western side of the highway and down an embankment. The two drivers of the big rigs were uninjured in the crash while the woman driving the Chevrolet complained of pain. It is unknown whether she was hospitalized for her injuries.

Fatal Big Rig Collision in Elk Grove

A fatal big rig collision occurred near Elk Grove on March 28 when a semi went off Interstate 5 South and hit a tree. The accident happened close to Twin Cities Road at about 10:30 in the morning. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was called to the scene and reported that one individual died in the accident. The solo crash blocked traffic to Hood-Franklin Road as the number two lane was closed to allow emergency vehicles to reach the accident site. Shortly after noon, the CHP was advising motorists to use alternate routes. I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased in their time of sorrow.

Multivehicle Crash Involving Big Rig Near Pleasant Grove

A multivehicle crash occurred on March 29 near Sankey Road on Highway 99. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the accident involved seven vehicles. It started when a car heading south on the highway entered the northbound lanes and collided with a pickup. A big rig, traveling north on 99, also struck the pickup, which caught on fire. A third crash occurred in the southbound lanes, resulting in minor injuries. Traffic was halted for hours as the accident was cleared from the scene. The road reopened at about 10:00 a.m.

Merced County Truck Accident Fatality

A Merced County truck accident fatality occurred on the evening of March 2 along Highway 165 and Crane Avenue, just south of Hilmar. An elderly man was driving a 2008 Lexus sedan along the highway when the driver of a 2013 Peterbilt big rig hauling milk reportedly pulled into the intersection. The Lexus driver was unable to react in time to avoid a collision and struck the left front tires of the milk truck, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Sadly, the driver of the Lexus passed away at the scene. The decedent has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office as 82-year-old Frederick Gleason of Stevinson. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Mr. Gleason during this difficult time.