Texas Jackknife Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been in a jackknife accident with a large truck, don’t leave your compensation up to chance. Let attorney Neal Davis help you through your case.
Accidents are stressful already. When collisions involve large trucks, they can turn even more serious very fast.
Large commercial vehicles like semi trucks and tractor trailers can cause much more damage than normal sized vehicles, especially in the case of a jackknife accident. These dangerous truck accidents can be very costly for both truck drivers and drivers of other vehicles unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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What is a Jackknife Accident?
Large trucks consist of a cab and a trailer. A jackknife accident happens when these two parts become folded up. Jackknife accidents occur when something causes the back-end of a tractor trailer to swing around, creating an angle between the cab of the truck and the shifted trailer. A jackknifed truck faces two different directions and creates a severe hazard for other drivers.
This type of accident is particularly dangerous. Jackknife accidents are chaotic, and the uncontrollable movement of the trailer is often unavoidable. Cars can easily be swept up by the swinging trailer, potentially being wedged underneath. In addition, jackknifed trucks can pose a hazard to oncoming drivers. Such an accident can cause serious injuries or even wrongful death.
Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents
Jackknife accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. These can include:
- Equipment malfunction
- Locked wheels
- Brake failure or improper braking
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Loose cargo that was improperly secured
- Road debris
Regardless of how a jackknife accident occurs, injuries and damages are likely to be severe.
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Liability and Compensation for Jackknife Accidents
If you decide to sue for injuries and/or damages in a jackknife accident case, liability and compensation will need to be determined. Determining liability for a jackknife accident can be tricky. An investigation will be needed in order to determine the exact cause of the accident and whether or not it was caused by negligence and, therefore, could have been prevented.
That being said, there are a number of parties that can be held liable for jackknife accidents. They can include:
- Drivers - Driver negligence could include disobeying traffic laws, improperly braking, or driving for too many hours. Each of these actions is considered negligence.
- Trucking Companies - Trucking companies are required to properly train drivers and maintain their trucks. Failing to do this constitutes negligence and can easily cause an accident.
- Parts Manufacturers - Sometimes defective parts are to blame for jackknife accidents, and manufacturers of those parts can be held liable if they were negligent in testing their products.
- Another Driver - Another driver’s negligent action could cause a truck to lose control and careen into other cars.
If it’s determined that negligence was the culprit, jackknife accident victims may be entitled to compensation to cover both economic and non-economic damages.
Those damages are likely to be higher than typical motor vehicle accidents simply because jackknife accidents are often more severe. Damages can include:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
If your loved one was killed in a jackknife accident, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of companionship.
Contact a Houston Jackknife Accident Lawyer
Investigation into the cause of a jackknife accident can be extensive, and damages are likely to be high due to the severity of these types of accidents.
That being said, hiring an expert attorney can make the legal process much easier.