Rollover and Jackknife Accidents
Rollover and jackknife truck accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries to both truck drivers and other motorists. What can be just as tragic as the outcomes of these accidents is the fact that many of them could have been prevented if not for the negligence of a truck driver, a trucking company or some other party.
When any type of negligence is a factor in causing rollover and jackknife truck accidents, accident victims and their families should know that:
- They will likely be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.
- The Boulder truck accident lawyer at Cederberg Law will be ready to fight for their rights and help them get the compensation and justice they deserve.
Rollover Truck Accidents
Rollover accidents involve a truck turning over on its side at least once. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Rollovers are involved in about 18 percent of all truck accidents each year.
- Approximately 60 percent of all commercial truck driver fatalities are associated with rollover accidents.
Some of the reasons that rollovers are so common for semis, tractor trailers and other types of trucks include that these trucks generally:
- Have higher centers of gravity than other types of vehicles – This is particularly true if commercial trucks have not been properly loaded (i.e., the weight of the loads has not been properly balanced).
- Do not have cabs that are properly balanced even without truck loads – In fact, the NHTSA reports that, in many cases, these cabs have not been designed to withstand the force of rollover truck accidents.
The facts are that the significant risk of rollovers for some trucks poses a grave danger to other motorists and that, when rollovers have been caused by any type of negligence, accident victims will have a claim against the negligent driver or other party.
Jackknife Truck Accidents
Jackknife truck accidents occur when the trailer of a truck swings out from behind the truck (i.e., how a jackknife swings when it is opened or closed). The NHTSA reports that about 10 percent of all truck driver fatalities and about 4 percent of all other motorist fatalities are associated with jackknife accidents. Additionally, according to the NHTSA, jackknife truck accidents are more likely to:
- Occur with heavier trucks
- Occur on curved or sloped roads
- Result in rollover accidents.
As with rollover truck accidents, jackknifes are often caused by the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies who may fail to:
- Properly secure or balance truck loads
- Abide by traffic laws when hauling loads
- Abide by federal trucking regulations
- Otherwise act negligently or recklessly.
The Boulder Truck Accident Lawyer at Cederberg Law
If you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknife or rollover truck accident, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us to learn more about your rights and receive a free professional evaluation of your case.
The Boulder truck accident lawyer at Cederberg Law is ready to fight for your rights. For over 35 years, our attorney and his legal team have been successful at securing results, compensation and justice for people who have been seriously injured in truck accidents caused by others’ negligence. Having handled countless cases, we have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting.