Any accident involving a large truck such as a tractor-trailer has the potential to inflict serious damage and injuries to those involved thanks to their weight and size. There are a variety of truck accident types, but the jackknife accident is known as one of the deadliest. If you or a loved one has been involved in one of these accidents, you’re likely dealing with the aftermath of severe injuries, trauma, and maybe even death. The costs of treating injuries when combined with lost wages and property damage can add up to a large sum that you can’t afford to pay, but when you call Dunk Law Firm, you can trust our jackknife accident lawyers in Memphis to pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If a truck driver or some other negligent party is responsible for your accident and injuries, we can hold them responsible.
Jackknifing refers to a truck accident that occurs when the trailer section of the truck swings out to the side to form a 90-degree angle from the cab. As a result, the truck folds in on itself and resembles a pocketknife that has folded into its handle. Nearly five percent of all truck accidents are jackknife accidents.
When these accidents occur, the truck often takes down other nearby vehicles on the road and can block off entire sections of the street or highway, causing traffic and potentially more related collisions like rear-end accidents. Because commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and carry heavy cargo in their trailers, the injuries that occur in these accidents are typically catastrophic.
In many truck accidents, the drivers and passengers of other involved vehicles suffer the most serious injuries, which can include:
Jackknife accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, though it’s important to know that most motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error. Though hazardous conditions such as rain or slippery roads can contribute to accidents, it’s still the driver’s responsibility to navigate the roads safely.
Some of the most common circumstances that lead to jackknife accidents involving trucks include:
There are ways that these tragic accidents can be prevented, with proper driver technique and care. Truck drivers should take the following steps to avoid a jackknifing situation:
Oftentimes accidents like this can be avoided if drivers pay close attention to the road, maintain a proper following distance, and take weather conditions into consideration while driving.
Truck accident cases are often complex because there are multiple parties involved, including the truck driver, their company, and the company’s lawyers. Determining liability is already difficult but going up against a major commercial company can be especially daunting. Our attorneys aren’t afraid to face corporations and their insurance companies if it means we have a chance of recovering damages for our clients. Our team has demonstrated success in regaining compensation for expenses like medical bills, lost wages and diminished earning capacity, and more. Having recovered millions, we can be trusted to help you strengthen your claim.