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Truck Accident Lawyers – Jack-Knife Crashes

Truck Accident Lawyers – Jack-Knife Crashes

Decisions made by the commercial operator can also contribute to the likelihood of jackknife truck accidents. Aggressive maneuvers including tailgating, speeding, or any other need to stop suddenly can cause a jackknife truck accident if a truck’s brakes are already lacking. When imbalanced truck brakes are applied forcefully, it is likely that the driver will lose control. Simply keeping brakes in good repair is essential to avoiding jack-knife truck accidents.truck accident lawyers

Empty Trailers and Light Loads Lead to Jack-Knife Truck Accidents

Contrary to what many people assume, lightly-loaded commercial vehicles are more likely to have a jackknife truck accident than are tractor trailers that are hauling heavy loads. Without a load to weigh it down, an empty trailer may skid when brakes are applied suddenly. In particular, having imbalanced brakes – those where the brakes on the truck’s cab are strong while the trailer’s brakes are inadequate – puts a truck at risk for causing a jack-knife truck accident. If only the cab stops, the trailer has nowhere to go and is likely to jackknife. Continuing to move forward, the trailer pivots at the king pin and rotates into other lanes of traffic. In order to understand the underlying causes of a jackknife truck accident, our lawyers investigate how the truck was loaded. It is important to contact a jackknife truck accident lawyer quickly in order to get this type of information.

Weather Conditions Contribute to Jack-Knife Truck Accidents

Poor weather conditions may also be contributing factors in jackknife truck accidents. Wet or icy roads may exacerbate other risk factors for jack-knife truck accidents. Attempting to accelerate on a low-friction road surface is especially risky, particularly when a truck is pulling an empty or light trailer. In situations when the roads were wet or icy, lawyers representing the trucking company in a jack-knife truck accident case may attempt to settle the case before other factors can be examined. Our team of experienced jack-knife truck accident lawyers endeavors to research all possible contributing factors of jack-knife truck accidents, such as aggressive driving or bad brakes. Commercial operators must always take weather conditions into account when choosing their speed.

Double Trailer Jack-Knife Truck Accidents

Semi trucks towing double trailers are even more at risk for causing jackknife truck accidents. Their extra length and weight makes double trailer trucks more unwieldy, leaving more room for error on the road. A jack-knife truck accident including a truck towing an extra trailer may have been prevented if the second trailer had not been present. The effects of a quick turn, swerve, acceleration on slippery roads or braking will be exacerbated by a second trailer. Some trucking companies opt to have drivers tow multiple trailers in an effort to carry more on each trip and thereby increase profits. When a jack-knife truck accident takes place with a commercial vehicle pulling two trailers, the trucking company may be investigated adherence to industry safety standards.semi truck accident attorneys

Jack-Knife Truck Accident Circumstances are Avoidable

Commercial truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license, showing they have shown competence in the safe operation and necessary maintenance of their vehicle. Unlike operating a passenger car, commercial driving is a profession. 18-wheel trucks are certainly more complex and dangerous to operate, but commercial drivers have the necessary training to avoid accidents. Jack-knife truck accidents can usually be traced to a combination of circumstances: for example, a truck that lacks adequate brakes may cause a jackknife truck accident when it is forced to stop suddenly in an emergency. Our jackknife truck accident lawyers stand by a belief that trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers are professional and law-abiding and that their trucks are safe and in good repair.

Why Jack-Knife Truck Accident Victims Need an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking company lawyers vigorously defend their jack-knife truck accidents, seeking to pay out as little as possible to injured victims. It is imperative that you have the best jack-knife truck accident lawyers to protect your legal rights.

In the wake of a trucking accident, you will likely hear from the insurance companies, attempting to settle quickly before you have a chance to find the right representation. Rather than handle the issue on your own, you deserve to have a trucking accident lawyer who has a proven track record and will fight to win the compensation you deserve. If you choose to work with our firm, our attorneys will work tirelessly to achieve your just outcome, representing your personal needs as well as pressing for stricter enforcement of safety regulations. Your civil court case may influence regulations and help save lives in the future.

Types of Trucks That May Cause Jack-knife Accidents:

Semi Trucks – Jack-knife truck accidents with semi trucks are likely to cause huge pileups with multiple injuries or fatalities.
Delivery Trucks – Jack-knife truck accidents can take place when large delivery trucks are improperly loaded.
Garbage Trucks – Jack knife truck accidents involving garbage trucks are likely to cause serious injuries to motorists involved.
Fire Trucks – Long fire trucks can also be prone to jack-knife truck accidents.
Cement Trucks – Jack-knife truck accidents that occur with cement trucks result in permanent injuries to the passengers of smaller vehicles that are hit or that swerve to avoid a collision.
Dump Trucks – Dump trucks, which are huge and hard to maneuver, may not be able to swerve quickly enough to avoid a jack-knife truck accident.
Refrigerator Trucks – Large refrigerated trucks can cause jack-knife truck accidents if their loads are imbalanced.
Tanker Trucks – Fire and even explosions may result from a jack-knife truck accident with a tanker truck carrying flammable materials.
Coal-Carrying Dump Trucks – When a huge coal-carrying dump truck becomes involved in a jack-knife truck accident the motorists in nearby small cars are at grave risk.
Landscaping Trucks and Lawn Care Trucks – Inexperienced landscaping and lawn care truck drivers may cause jack-knife truck accidents when they pull a long trailer.

Our Law Firm’s Truck Accident Lawyers handle jackknife truck accident cases ranging from local delivery trucks to long-haul semi trucks throughout the entire state. Our attorneys handling jackknife truck accident cases understand the trucking industry, what causes truck accidents to happen and how to manage your truck accident lawsuit in the best possible way.

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Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a residential or commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport. Mixed-use/compact neighborhoods tend to use transit all the time. As a result, many cities are striving to implement better TOD strategies and secure funding to create new public transportation infrastructure and improve existing services.

Our lawyers and professionals have substantial experience in the transit industry. Our attorneys and planners have directly assisted with the creation of a number of TODs, including assisting to secure infrastructure support from state and federal sources, representing private developers in public-private joint venture station redevelopments, and providing guidance to public agencies for joint development projects at transit stations along and throughout an entire system.

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Today, an increasing number of new and existing buildings and projects incorporate “green building” or environmentally sustainable practices and materials to promote energy efficiency, decrease carbon footprints and reduce operating costs.

The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Livability Law practice boasts some of the first attorneys and planners to earn certification in this area.

We are well versed in the Federal, State and local tax credits and other incentives and private grants available for green projects. We have the experience to negotiate design and construction contracts to achieve the “green” goals of the owner/developer and provide for adequate remedies if such goals are not achieved. We have the expertise to represent both landlords and tenants in preparing and negotiating leases or amendments to leases that address the landlord’s and tenant’s respective liabilities for the construction and cost of green improvements as well as other issues that relate to the green status of a building, including adherence to operations and maintenance standards in order to maintain that status.

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Our attorneys represent clients in all legal aspects relating to the use of land, including zoning, condemnation and related litigation. We guide clients through due diligence as well as the land use entitlement process, which can involve negotiating with government officials, applying for and obtaining land use and/or zoning approvals, variances, special permits, subdivision plats, site plan and construction plans. We have established professional and effective relations with city/town staff Planning Commissions, Boards of Adjustment and City/Town Councils.

Beyond performing the basic legal work necessary to structure and close transactions, the Livability Law practice offers additional value by assisting clients in identifying potential opportunities, problems and available solutions. We do not just “lawyer” or “paper” a deal. As a rule, our clients rely on us to provide advice and counsel beyond the scope of conventional legal matters, a personalized and custom approach.

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The next logical step beyond creating green buildings is creating green neighborhoods. And in 2009, that’s exactly what the Congress for the New Urbanism, Natural Resources Defense Council and U.S. Green Building Council did by creating LEED-ND. The same rating system that applies to specific buildings can now apply to entire neighborhoods, where the approach includes smart location and linkage, neighborhood pattern and design and green infrastructure and buildings.

Each of the three sub-categories have prerequisites and credits that our attorneys and planners can help you understand. How important housing and job proximity is as compared to local food production can make a big difference in whether or not an area qualifies. Our team understands these differences and it’s this critical information that makes a difference.

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Increasingly, government and private entities are seeking to protect our nation’s overall health, natural environment and quality of life through strategies such as smart growth, New Urbanism and green building. Moreover, as society becomes more aware of the threat posed by global climate change, public and private leaders are developing systems to change business operations and development patterns to stabilize and reduce carbon emissions.

Collectively, these movements seek to promote the concept of sustainability – meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. These principles also tie directly to broader public and private sector efforts to address global climate change.

We are uniquely positioned to assist government and private entities support and promote sustainable development through projects, policies or operations. Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys and professionals has performed hands-on work throughout the state, and seamlessly combines in-depth knowledge in all facets of sustainable development. We understand the challenges and opportunities within this field, and are exceptionally suited to assist clients to meet their sustainable development objectives.

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The Livability Law practice has more than 15 years of experience in the legal representation of municipalities and their respective authorities throughout Arizona. Our attorneys have represented a number of different municipalities including Glendale, Sedona, Goodyear, Surprise, Safford, Flagstaff and Mesa either as general or special counsel.

Our attorneys offer not only the experience and expertise gained over decades of public sector law practice, but also the significant resources of other specialties and cutting edge practice technology. As a result, we are better and faster. Where other lawyers might expend hours in researching a question or in finding a suitable “pattern” to follow in a transaction, our attorneys can often answer a question over the phone and have vast data bases available to address a particular issue or transaction.

We identify with our clients, seeking ways to assure not only their legal needs, but their policy goals and objectives are met. We understand municipal law is about community improvement, service to the community’s residents and taxpayers, and cost-effective and timely results.

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Our attorneys and planners have the expertise to assist government and private entities target and undertake development relying on the core principals of infill. We can also assist in the planning and implementation of developments containing balanced, compact and pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods and districts, and in public and private sector efforts to provide diverse housing options and an equitable approach to environmental impacts.

We have developed special expertise in the cutting-edge field of urban infill development and redevelopment. We work with leading national developers, investors and financial institutions to resolve complex regulatory issues and obtain project incentives, such as infrastructure cost participation, whenever available. We have been involved in the entitlement of numerous urban residential projects, as well as the renovation for reuse. Most experts agree that urban infill development is the wave of the future, and with our expertise in New Urbanist and form-based development regulations, we are very well positioned to assist in such efforts.

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Our clients include virtually all of the participants in the housing process: developers, national and local nonprofit entities, public housing agencies, lenders, investors, conduits, mortgage and investment bankers, managers, contractors, underwriters, and mortgage insurance companies.

We are active in and familiar with all HUD housing, community development, public housing, FHA and GNMA programs, the multifamily programs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), as well as state housing finance agency and public housing authority programs. We will help you navigate through the related regulations to take advantage of federal and state funding opportunities.

Our extensive experience with agency programs is particularly helpful in obtaining approval of business plans, defending against enforcement actions for alleged regulatory violations, resolving disputes over use of grant funds, negotiating the purchase of assets from government agencies, facilitating participation in financing programs, assisting clients in negotiating workout arrangements and claims regarding troubled properties, and keeping abreast of pending legislative and regulatory requirements and their impact on our clients and their businesses.

As professionals, we take pride in maintaining current knowledge of affordable housing initiatives. We will help you navigate through the regulations, including those established under the Internal Revenue Code and HUD local zoning and property tax ordinances.

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