Jackknife Truck Accidents: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 2)
August 31, 2014
Continuing from where Jackknife Truck Accidents: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 1) left off, below we will carry on our discussion regarding these types of dangerous and deadly truck accidents.
Keep in mind that, if you are injured in a jackknife truck accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident, you can rely on Beaverton Truck Accident Lawyer Linda Weimar to be here for you and to aggressively defend your rights to compensation and justice.
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Fact 3 – Speeding increases the risks of jackknife truck accidents.
As officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have found, jackknife truck accidents are far more likely to occur when trucks are traveling at speeds of 55 miles per hour (mph) and greater. In fact, NHTSA officials report that, with every increase of the speed limit by 10 mph, the risk of jackknife truck accidents increases by nearly 50 percent.
What can compound the risk of jackknife accidents when trucks are traveling faster is when trucks may be unloaded or only carrying very light loads; in other words, lighter weight trucks will contribute to a greater risk of jackknifing when trucks are traveling at faster speeds.
Fact 4 – The longer a truck is, the greater the risk is of jackknifing.
Regardless of whether a truck is towing a single longer trailer or a number of short trailers, the fact remains that the longer the length of the trailer (or the combined length of a series of trailers) is, the more likely a jackknife truck accident will be. This is because, among other factors, longer trailers shift the center of gravity of trucks.
This, in turn, can make it more difficult to guide trucks when:
- Truckers may be less experienced.
- Truckers may be intoxicated, fatigued and/or distracted.
- The road conditions may be icy or otherwise compromised.
- The truck may not be in the best working condition (because, for instance, some necessary repairs have not been made).
Stay posted for the final part of this blog series for some additional important information about jackknife truck accidents.
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