Jackknife Truck Accidents
Jackknifing is categorized as a fold at the connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer. The circumstances leading up to the jackknifing are important in assigning liability, as the truck driver has little control after the truck has folded in that way. Jackknife truck accidents can cause serious damages and injuries to both the truck driver and other motorists on the road. It is important that victims work with knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and hold the responsible party liable. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, our attorneys have handled numerous accidents like this and work diligently to protect the victims’ rights to compensation. Contact our San Diego, CA, law firm today to discuss your case in detail with an attorney.
What is Jackknifing?
A jackknifed truck is one that is folded at the spot that connects the cab of the truck with the trailer. If the truck skids, the weight of the trailer may push the cab with enough force that the driver loses control. The end result is the driver in the cab of the truck facing backward alongside the trailer rather than in front.
If the truck skids, the weight of the trailer may push the cab with enough force that the driver loses control.
Causes of Jackknifing
There are several potential causes of jackknifing, which may include:
- Driver distraction
- Improper training
- Overloaded truck (i.e. excessive weight)
- Equipment failure, such as bad brakes
- Road and weather conditions, such as icy or wet pavement
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
It is important to note that a driver may intentionally jackknife a truck in extreme circumstances, such as a brake failure. While this may prevent the truck from colliding with other vehicles, the driver still has little control in this situation.
A jackknife truck accident can cause severe injuries and significant destruction. An experienced truck accident attorney can assess the cause and determine liability.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident involving a jackknifed truck, you need to secure expert legal counsel. You may think that if the roads were icy, then the truck driver was not at fault, but that is not always true. An experienced attorney like one from our firm will fully investigate the cause of the access to better determine if the driver was at fault.
We will look at all potential causes and all parties who may be at fault. Brake failure could be the fault of the truck driver, trucking company, or even the brake manufacturer. If weather conditions were the cause of the accident, we will look at weather the truck driver was driving too fast for conditions or if he or she failed to take the proper precautions. Once all negligent parties are named, we will bring your claim against them to secure the compensation you deserve.
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Jackknife truck accidents are some of the most serious trucking accidents. They can cause extensive property damage as well as severe, life-threatening, and sometimes fatal, injuries. Our attorneys will work diligently to ensure your right to compensation is protected. Contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we will build your case.