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Bowling Green Truck Accident Lawyers

As you drive along I-65 or on another one of Bowling Green’s many busy roadways, you share the road with a number of large trucks. Truck drivers provide an invaluable service, transporting essential goods and cargo from one end of the country to the other. However, commercial trucks and semis are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road.

Depending on the length of these massive vehicles and what they are hauling, cargo trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than your standard car or SUV. Due to their large size and high ground-clearance, accidents involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious injury or death.

Families in Bowling Green, KY, who have been victims of a trucking accident, can benefit from talking to one of our experienced truck accident lawyers. Our experienced legal team at Hughes & Coleman can help you get the compensation that you need after this traumatic experience.

Contact any of our offices today to set up a risk-free appointment, or fill out one of our online case evaluation forms.

What are Jackknife Accidents and Why are They So Dangerous?

Truck accidents are always scary, but it is terrifying when a truck jackknifes.

Jackknifing is a term to describe the dangerous situation that occurs when a semi-truck skids and the trailer that it’s towing swings around and faces backward. The truck and trailer form a 90-degree angle, resembling a folding pocket knife.

If a truck jackknifes at a high speed, there is a good chance the vehicle will roll over.

Causes of jackknife accidents

The following are some common factors that contribute to jackknifing in truck accidents:

  • Poor weather conditions–Heavy rain, sleet, or snow can make a truck lose traction and jackknife.
  • Poorly maintained brakes and axles–If the trailer’s axles lock before the semi’s axles lock, then the semi will drag the trailer with the locked brakes, and the trailer swings around as a result.
  • Curves in the road–Most drivers can navigate slight curves in the road, but a steep curve taken at a high speed can easily lead to the semi jackknifing.

Tips to avoid jackknifing

In training, truck drivers learn various techniques to maintain control of their vehicles. The following are a few tips to help truck drivers avoid jackknifing:

  • Keep a large space cushion between the truck and other vehicles. Increase your following distance in adverse weather conditions.
  • Braking should be done in a straight line before the turn. In accord with their training, truck drivers should not decelerate while navigating turns or twists in the road.
  • Spread braking out over the longest distance possible. Truck drivers should do this instead of braking hard or quickly.
  • Keep from braking and swerving in the event of an evasive driving maneuver. If at all possible, the driver should brake, stop braking, swerve, and then reapply brakes.
  • Release the brakes and turn into the skid, in such an event.

What should I do if I was involved in a jackknife accident?

When a truck jackknifes, the trailer often whips around to block multiple lanes of traffic. Vehicles traveling at high speeds along the highway might not be able to stop fast enough to avoid a collision. A crash of this magnitude can have devastating consequences for its victims.

If you or someone you love was involved in a jackknife crash, you don’t want a general personal injury attorney who has never handled a truck accident case. These cases can be extremely complex.

It’s essential to have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side who has the skill and knowledge to handle the trucking company’s lawyers and insurance providers.

We have the experience at Hughes & Coleman. Call us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers today.

Unsafe Lane Changes and Truck Accidents

Merging from one lane to another can be a challenge, even in a standard-size vehicle. Semi-trucks have extremely large blind spots. Meanwhile, truck drivers usually work to meet strict deadlines, which prompts them to be more aggressive drivers. A smaller vehicle that gets in the middle of an unsafe lane change can contribute to a serious accident.

The following are some unsafe lane-changing maneuvers:

  • Failing to signal
  • Switching lanes in an intersection
  • Weaving back-and-forth between lanes
  • Failing to check if anyone else was in the lane before merging
  • Changing lanes at high speeds

Truck drivers assume that the drivers of smaller vehicles are aware of a truck’s blind spots and will know to take caution. Other drivers mistakenly think that truck drivers can see vehicles behind or next to them. This lack of understanding between truckers and other drivers can lead to devastating accidents that result in thousands of dollars worth of damage.

A carefully executed lane change keeps everyone on the road safe. On the other hand, a hasty and poorly executed lane change can turn someone’s daily commute into a traumatic, life-altering event.

If you have been in an accident with a truck due to an unsafe lane change, the lawyers at Hughes & Coleman can help you get the justice you deserve.

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Seeking Compensation After Your Truck Accident

The legal team at Hughes & Coleman knows that after a truck accident, nothing can fully compensate for your loss. However, we can help you get the financial compensation you need to recover.

We handle negotiations with the insurance companies so you can focus on getting well. After examining your case, we will determine what damages you may be due.

These may include:

  • Medical expenses (ambulance rides, hospital stays, medication, surgery, therapy)
  • Long-term care
  • Property damage
  • Loss of wages current and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Get Started with Your Free Truck Accident Case Evaluation

The compassionate lawyers at Hughes & Coleman want to ensure that Bowling Green, Kentucky, continues to be a safe place to drive. We handle cases involving all kinds of truck accidents and are eager to help you, too.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, please call our legal team at Hughes & Coleman today or fill out an online evaluation form to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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