Tractor-trailers are relatively large and heavy compared to other motor vehicles on the roadway. Because of this, they can inflict significant damage and injury when involved in an accident. It is therefore imperative that truck drivers are extremely careful in their actions to avoid creating unnecessarily dangerous conditions.
A truck accident recently occurred in New Jersey involving a commercial truck and two other vehicles. The truck reportedly jackknifed and then collided with the two vehicles. One of the cars became temporarily trapped under the truck, but authorities were able to clear the scene in about an hour. According to police, those involved in the accident sustained only minor injuries.
In the event of an accident involving a tractor-trailer, the elements required to establish liability amongst the parties is the same as other motor vehicle accidents. In order to demonstrate that a truck driver was negligent in causing an accident, an injured victim must first show that the driver owed them a duty to apply a reasonable level of care in the operation of their vehicle. This duty is applicable to all drivers. Victims must then show that the truck driver failed to meet this duty and that this failure is what caused their injuries
Trucks can present unique circumstances when sharing the road with other vehicles. In addition to making wider turns than other vehicles, trucks are also vulnerable to jackknifing. Jackknifing occurs when a truck stops, or turns suddenly and can be an indication of negligence on the part of the truck driver, although that is not always the case.
Trucks can present considerable dangers and lead to serious injuries when operated negligently. Those injured in an accident involving a commercial truck may wish to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney to assist them in establishing liability on the part of a defendant. The legal professional will work to collect the maximum amount of compensation to which they may be entitled.