One of the common types of trucking accidents is known as a jackknife. These accidents occur when a vehicle that is towing a trailer, such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, folds so that the trailer portion of the truck is angled in a similar fashion to a pocket knife. The trailer can swing across several lanes of traffic, causing massive multi-vehicle accidents and congested traffic that can have an overwhelming potential to cause serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a jackknife accident, then it is essential that you have an aggressive and committed attorney from Stern Law Group evaluate your case to determine the cause of the accident and to assist you when filing a personal injury claim.
Causes of Jackknifing Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that jackknife accidents have a higher potential for resulting in injury and fatality than other truck accidents. This is because large, swinging trailers can fold across multiple lanes and collide with numerous vehicles. When trucks are carrying hazardous materials or products, the dangers can be greatly magnified. Many of the common causes of truck accidents can result in a truck jackknifing, including:
- Sudden application of breaks
- Equipment failures and malfunctions
- Adverse road conditions, including icy roads
- Driver error and aggressive driving
When determining the liability involved in a jackknifing accident, the same factors as other cases must be addressed. This includes a precise investigation into driver negligence, which accounts for a large majority of injury-causing accidents. Tired drivers, drunk drivers, and truckers who drive at excessive speeds or brake improperly can easily cause their massive vehicles to jackknife.
It is also crucial that investigations be conducted into the trucker's or trucking company's possible violation of federal regulations that place requirements on routine vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Faulty brakes, axle malfunctions, and other improperly maintained vehicle components can contribute to causing devastating truck accidents. Our attorneys are prepared to fully evaluate records of trucking companies in order to establish liability.
Let Our Firm Do the Work
At Stern Law Group, we know that our clients should not be worried about the legal intricacies and complications of personal injury claims. As we understand the importance of a solid recovery, our attorneys work swiftly and intelligently to compile all the necessary evidence on your behalf. This can allow you and your family to focus on getting well. Time is also an incredibly important factor in jackknifing cases, which is why we urge all injured victims to bring their cases to the attention of our firm as soon as possible.
Do not let these trucking and insurance companies unfairly compensate you for your injuries. Contact Stern Law Group and let us fight for you.