New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
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When speaking of commercial trucks, the term “jackknife” refers to a braking issue where the cab of a semi swerves away from the trailer to which it is attached, forming a roughly 90-degree angle. This is referred to as jackknifing because the truck resembles a pocket knife, or jackknife when the blade is being pushed back into its handle. A jackknifed truck can roll over more easily and cause other drivers issues.
If you were involved in a jackknife accident due to the other driver’s negligence, call the Ohio truck accident attorneys of Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW to discuss your options for compensation.
Semi-trucks consist of two parts: the tractor – also known as the semi-truck, and the trailer. The semi-truck is where the engine is located and the driver sits. The trailer is the long, flatbed in the back that contains the truck’s load. Altogether, these semis sit atop eighteen wheels to help support the load and keep the truck moving. These trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds, and require mechanical systems made completely differently than cars and lighter pickup trucks.
Because these trucks are in two separate parts, they face a greater possibility of jackknifing than a regular automobile would. Common reasons jackknifing occurs include:
Tractor-trailers typically have a two-part air brake system: a service brake and a parking brake. Air pressure is used to operate the brakes. When a driver applies the service brake (which is used while driving to slow down or stop), pressured air is fed into the brake chamber, signaling the brakes to stop.
Air brake systems are favored over the hydraulic systems that cars use because the air supply doesn’t end. Hydraulic fluid in a car can run out, but an air brake system does not have this issue. The system is reliable, and not susceptible to leaks like hydraulic fluid lines are.
But these systems also experience a slight delay when applied, taking about a second to function. While a second is not much time, it can make all the difference in a car accident. Coupling this lag with the massive size of the vehicle means drivers should maintain a considerable distance from all other vehicles on the road to ensure everyone stays safe.
Suppose you are on the road with a truck driver who does not adhere to the rule of keeping a safe distance, or is driving too fast or too recklessly under compromised road conditions. A jackknife accident could happen in the blink of an eye, causing either the tractor or the trailer to slam into your car. The truck could also roll over, crushing your vehicle and leaving you seriously injured.
If a negligent driver jackknifed their truck and caused an accident in which you were seriously injured, you have legal options. You can request compensation for the money you’ve spent and the money you lost if your injuries caused you to miss work. You can receive compensation from a number of possible sources:
If you’ve been hurt in a jackknife accident and are considering filing a personal injury claim, the truck accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you get the damages you deserve so you can move forward.