“…crashes involving large trucks continue to take a toll on truck drivers, their passengers, other road users, businesses, and the community. Overall, 317,000 motor vehicle crashes involving large trucks were reported to police in 2012, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimated cost of truck and bus crashes to the United States economy was $99 billion that same year.”
To read more visit http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0303-truck-driver-safety.html.
When jackknifing is an element of a serious truck crash, many lives may suddenly be placed at risk. The loss of control can cause the vehicle to swerve across multiple lanes of traffic, putting drivers and passengers in danger of crashing. Says Texas truck wreck attorney Amy Witherite, “there are anti-jackknife devices that truckers and trucking companies can invest in to help avoid jackknifing in the event of an emergency stop or other circumstance that could lead to a trailer spinning around and facing the wrong direction.” Many don’t however, according to Witherite who states, “there should be an effort on the part of big rig operators to ensure that these machines are equipped to provide the best protection possible from preventative malfunctions.”
The attorney further says that when one is injured in any type of truck accident, it is important to understand what legal options are available for holding those responsible accountable for any damages they are left with such as loss of property or medical expenses for injuries.
The circumstances of the aforementioned accident were still under investigation at the time of the report.