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What causes a truck to jackknife?

A large truck "jackknifes" when some or all of its wheels lose traction on the road, causing the trailer on the truck to head in one direction, while the tractor or cab of the truck, either continues along its intended course or veers off in another direction.

The results of a jackknife in and around New Orleans can be devastating. Since the trucker no longer has control of his rig, the vehicle can easily sweep other cars, trucks or vans off the road, causing a serious and potentially catastrophic tractor-trailer accident.

Representing victims of distracted truck drivers

A previous post on this blog discussed how federal regulations are in place to prevent federally regulated truck drivers from using their cell phones while they operate their vehicles.

This is a good idea, as a distracted truck drivers can travel yards. The danger of this is obviously that they will slam their large tuck into much smaller vehicles, which in turn could easily leave a New Orleans resident severely injured.

Federal regulations sharply limit trucker cell phone use

People in and around New Orleans probably recognize that distracted driving can be a real problem on Louisiana's roadways. Those who have seen someone trying to drive while they are talking on or using their cell phones know that they tend to drift in their lanes, not stop and engage in other dangerous behavior unwittingly.

The problem of distracted driving is particularly serious if the driver is operating a large truck. It takes a significant time, long enough to travel the length of a football field, for a trucker to take his or her eyes off the road just to make a phone call or send a quick instant message.

What types of damages are available after a car accident?

Louisianan personal injury legal protections serve as important protections for victims who have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accidents. Victims may wonder, however, what types of damages they may recover as a result of an accident they have suffered. A variety of damages are available through a personal injury and wrongful death claims for damages to help compensate victims for the harm they have suffered in a personal injury accident.

Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses suffered in a car accident that they are unexpectedly left facing as they struggle to recover from the harm they suffered because of the negligence of another party such as a negligent driver. Not only can compensation for damages help with mounting medical bills following an accident, it may also be able to help with future medical expenses provided that the court is able to reasonably calculate the damages.

Police officer killed in motorcycle accident

Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families have important legal options. A police officer recently died after a motorcycle accident in southeast Louisiana. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred when another vehicle turned in front of the police officer's motorcycle. The police officer, who was not on duty at the time of the accident, was unable to avoid the car crossing in front of him and collided with it.

The driver who turned in front of the police officer was cited for improper turning. Authorities noted they would contact the prosecutor once the investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident is complete. Motorcycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident, which can result in death. The harm to victims and their families can be extensive and unthinkable.

Understanding truck driver and truck company liability

Semi-truck traffic is common on the roadways in New Orleans. Victims of truck accidents are more likely to sustain serious injuries or be fatally injured in a truck accident than other types of accidents. The size disparity between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries and accidents. Injuries that can be suffered in a truck accident can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones or soft tissue injuries which can have long-term consequences for victims.

The need to care for truck accident injuries and treat those injuries as victims focus on the recovery process following a truck accident can cause medical bills to accumulate at the same time the victim is also unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered in a truck accident. Fortunately, when victims have been harmed by a negligent truck driver or negligent truck company, legal resources may be available.

A look at distracted driving in Louisiana

Unfortunately, distracted driving contributes to a number of car accidents. From 2011 to 2015, 192 victims were killed, and 26,077 victims were injured in Louisiana in distraction-related car accidents. Victims of distracted driving-related car accidents can suffer serious damages, including injuries or death. As a result, a distracted driving-related car accident can have a significant impact on victims and their families.

While cell phone use and texting while driving are the most familiar and commonly known types of distraction, any activity that removes the driver's hands from the steering wheel, eyes from the roadway and the focus and attention from the roadway and the task of driving are considered distracted driving. Specific examples of distracted driving include cell phone use while driving; accessing the internet while driving; texting while driving; operating a navigation device or radio while driving; engaging with passengers while driving; or eating or grooming while driving, among other behaviors.

Truck logs are helpful to determine truck driver negligence

A Louisianan-trucking log is an important method of verifying that a truck driver is abiding by trucking regulations that are in place to help keep the driving public safe. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and truck driver fatigue and lack of attention to the road, as a result can be a concern. Truck drivers are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, which sets limits for the numbers of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel of a truck without a break.

Trucking log books are kept and used to verify that truck drivers are in compliance with the hours and rest break regulations they must follow. If a negligent driver has caused a truck accident, and a victim wishes to bring a claim for damages suffered in a truck accident, it may be possible to look to the trucking log.

Distracted driving should be taken seriously

Louisianan distracted driving is a serious concern on our roadways. It is important that victims of distracted driving accidents understand the protections available to them, if they have been injured in a distracted driving accident. Too many victims of distracted drivers, including motorcycle riders, suffer serious injuries and other types of harm because of the carelessness of a distracted driver.

A negligent distracted driver may be liable to compensate victims for their damages. Distracted driving includes engaging in any activity while driving that removes the driver's focus and attention from the roadway. It also includes manual distraction that removes the driver's hands from the wheel. All distracted driving is considered dangerous but texting while driving is considered especially dangerous because it removes the driver's focus, eyes and hands from the task of driving.

Driver of passenger vehicle blamed in fatal motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. A recent New Orleans area fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a motorcycle rider. The fatal motorcycle accident involved two vehicles and motorcycle. According to authorities, an improper lane change was to blame for the fatal motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when an SUV improperly changed lanes from the right lane to the right center lane, striking and killing the victim.

A 64-year-old man was riding the motorcycle. The impact of the motorcycle accident sent the victim into the left center lane and he was thrown from his motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcycle continued down the roadway, striking a truck, but no additional injuries were reported.

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