Jackknifing crashes happen when the back tires of a truck start to slide out to the side of the vehicle and actually begin sliding faster than the front. This can cause a truck to start sliding down the road sideways, cause it to flip out of control or simply go off the road and collide with other objects and vehicles. In these situations, costly damages, catastrophic injuries and fatalities could happen.
Usually, drivers expect a truck to jackknife in slick and icy conditions during the rain or winter time. These are high-risk times for a truck to slide out of control like this, but it’s equally possible for a semitruck or other vehicles to jackknife in dry conditions if the driver is speeding, reckless or has overloaded or improperly loaded the trailer.… Continue reading
You may already know this, but it does not hurt to repeat it: All drivers who travel on Kentucky roads have a responsibility to promote safety. This includes private motorists as well as those who operate large rigs and other commercial vehicles. In a perfect world, we would all do our part to reduce car and truck accidents simply by following the rules of the road. This means:
- No driving while intoxicated
- No speeding
- No driving an unfit motor vehicle
- Obeying all traffic laws and speed limits
- Setting distractions aside
- Paying careful attention to what is happening around you
It is not a perfect world, which means truck accidents can and do happen, injuring thousands of American citizens each year. You have probably learned a lot about how to safely operate your vehicle around large trucks, but what obligations do truckers have when they take to the roads.… Continue reading
You probably already know that truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or death, but not all truck accidents are the same. One of the most dangerous types of collisions between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle is the underride crash. These crashes occur when a smaller vehicle slides underneath a truck during an accident.
Currently, all trailers in the nation must be equipped with rear underride guards. However, no legislation exists requiring companies to install side guards on trailers and front guards on trucks. In 2017, several government leaders sponsored the Stop Underrides Act, which would make it mandatory for trailers to have side guards and for trucks to have front guards. Unfortunately, this bill has not progressed any farther than the introductory stage at this time.… Continue reading
Jackknifing is when a semitruck’s trailer swings sideways and the vehicle curves into an L shape. It is incredibly dangerous, as a truck that is doing this is completely out of control. It also takes up the entire road. This can put multiple people in danger on the interstate or a two-lane highway.
What can drivers do to avoid it?
- Beware of a loss of traction. This is what causes the truck to jackknife, in many cases. For instance, if the trailer hits a patch of ice that the motorized cab crosses without trouble, it could begin to swing wide.
- Do not slam on the brakes when the trailer starts to swing. It’s a natural reaction to keep from crashing, but it usually just folds the truck up and makes things worse.
Truck driver fatigue continues to be such a point of contention because it is hotly debated by experts on both sides.
It is easy to imagine that drowsy drivers pose a serious risk. Every so often, a high-profile accident occurs, and it turns out that a driver nodded off behind the wheel or had not slept in so long that his or her reaction time was lacking.
One study carried out by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) claimed that 31 percent of fatal truck accidents it covered could be traced back to fatigue. That’s a huge number, with thousands upon thousands of trucks on the roads of Kentucky alone. That percentage was also higher than the study found for drugs or alcohol.… Continue reading
Being injured as a result of a truck accident can change your life. You might not be able to return to work or school. Maybe you lost a loved one in the accident. Maybe you suffered very minor physical injuries, but you now have a fear of driving. All of these situations are possible. Here are the possible defendants you could face in a truck accident lawsuit.
If you are looking to collect compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a truck accident, it’s in your best interest to find as many defendants as possible. This increases your chances of collecting the amount of money you deem fit for your injuries. You might think that the only possible defendant in such a lawsuit is the driver, but you’d be surprised to know that this is not always the case.… Continue reading
The roads of Kentucky can be scary for even the most seasoned drivers. One way to remain safe is to take matters into your own hands. The scary thing is that you can never trust other drivers to be as safe as you. This means that you cannot let your guard down when behind the wheel. Here are some tips for staying safe in your vehicle around large trucks in Jefferson.
All large trucks and buses have “no zones.” No zones are also known as blind spots. A large truck has blind spots on all four sides. Yes, even in the front and the rear of the truck. In order to stay out of these no zones, you need to be two lanes from the truck on the right side and one lane from the truck on the left side.… Continue reading
Aggressive driving is an issue that can lead to serious accidents, devastating injuries and even death. Millions of people are hurt in accidents each year and a large percentage of those accidents involved aggressive driving. You can avoid aggressive drivers in Kentucky by following the tips outlined in today’s post.
One of the most important things you can do when confronted by an aggressive driver on the roads of Jefferson is to avoid eye contact with him or her and give him or her plenty of room. You might not even have a direct interaction with them, but instead see them get aggressive with another driver. Even if this is the case, it’s in your best interest to avoid them as much as possible.… Continue reading
A truck accident in Ohio involving a Kentucky man killed one individual recently. The accident occurred on July 20 on SR 73 at around 5:30 am. The driver of a Chrysler 200 was killed in the crash. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Chrysler 200 drove left of center and collided with a tractor-trailer head-on.
The tractor-trailer was being driven by a man from Martha, Kentucky. The truck driver and a passenger in the truck escaped the accident uninjured. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that they don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role and that the crash is still being investigated.
This fatal truck accident is the fifth fatality in the area in the last month. The first fatality during this tragic stretch of time occurred on June 28 on SR 28.… Continue reading
Drunk driving claims the lives of thousands of people across the country each year. It is a problem that law enforcement officials work toward rectifying each day. As long as people continue to make bad decisions, there will be drunk driving accidents. Here are some tips for spotting drunk truck drivers on the roads of Kentucky.
A drunk truck driver could exhibit any of the following signs when behind the wheel and inebriated:
– Quick acceleration or deceleration
– Weaving across lanes of traffic
– Problems staying in a straight line
– Crossing the double yellow lines or white shoulder line
– Driving on anything other than an area designated for a vehicle
– Driving slower than 10 MPH under the posted speed limit
– Making an abrupt or illegal turn
– Erratic braking
– Stopping without reason
– Signaling that is not consistent with the driving pattern of the truck
– Delayed start after a light turns green
– Delayed stop after a light turns red
– Driving at night without the headlights turned on
– Driving on the wrong side of the road
If you encounter a truck driver that is exhibiting any of these signs of drunk driving, it is important that you put as much distance between your vehicle and the truck as possible.… Continue reading