Truck accidents are a common everyday occurrence and can, unfortunately, lead to not only road closures, but devastating injuries for the parties involved. In 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,005 people killed and an estimated 159,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. NHTSA also found that approximately 10 percent of combination truck occupant (commonly known as semi-trucks or trucks with one or more trailers) fatalities are associated with jackknifing.
Jackknifing is a term that is used to describe a situation where a large truck skids and the trailer attached to the truck swings, or folds in an angle that resembles a folding pocket knife. Jackknifing accidents are considered one of the most common types of trucking accidents and can be caused by various factors. These factors may include, but are not limited to, speeding, turning too quickly, improper loading, or driving in bad weather conditions when there are slippery roads.
For example, in a recent news report, a big rig was traveling in the center lane when a tractor-trailer hit the left rear of another big rig in the outside lane. As a result, the first big rig jackknifed in the center and outside lanes, while the second big rig ended up in the outside lane and shoulder. The driver of one of the big rigs was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, while the driver of the other big rig had minor injuries.
Jackknifing truck accidents can be dangerous and traumatic for all those involved. Semi-trucks are typically 53 feet long, although they can vary in size and can pull multiple trailers at one. They can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds, according to the HDS Truck Driving Institute. Comparatively, a mid-sized sedan is typically around 14 feet long and although automobiles may vary in shape and size, the size of semi-trucks presents particular risks to drivers sharing the road. Sharing the road with semi-trucks requires all drivers to practice safety and take precautions such as wearing seatbelts, removing any distractions, and choosing not to drive in inclement weather.
When accidents like these happen, they can be scary and stressful to handle. It can be tricky to navigate Florida laws and the various aspects that go into filing a lawsuit to seek damages for personal injury. Speaking with a skilled lawyer to help you better navigate the complexities of personal injury suits can help you get the results you desire.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Car Accident?
If you or someone you loved suffered injuries after a car or truck accident in Florida, contact the law office of Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada today for assistance. Our dedicated lawyers have years of experience working with clients to get them the compensation they deserve. In addition to Florida car accidents, our skilled attorneys handle cases involving admiralty and maritime law, construction accidents, dangerous and defective product claims, medical malpractice, and premises liability cases. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation at 1-877-735-9021.