In a jackknife accident, the drive axle brakes of a tractor-trailer lock up. This causes the trailer to skid and swing outward. In some cases, the truck may also roll over. When the trailer swings out, it can crash into cars traveling in the next lane. This can have devastating consequences, especially on a highway, where the truck is traveling at a high rate of speed.
Jackknife accidents are typically the fault of negligent drivers, who may have been driving recklessly, speeding or braking improperly. Some were distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their truck safely at all times, and trucking companies have a responsibility to keep the truck properly maintained. An act of negligence by either party - or both - can cause a truck to jackknife, causing a crash that leads to serious injuries.
Fighting for your rights after an accident
People injured in a jackknife accident can suffer a wide range of injuries, including broken bones, cuts and bruises, lost limbs, internal injuries, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. They may require extensive medical treatment and may also be forced to miss time from work, resulting in lost income.
If you were hurt in a jackknife accident, you deserve financial compensation. But recovering compensation can be difficult. Truck drivers and truck companies can deny responsibility. Trucking companies can try to hide evidence that prove negligence. And insurance companies do what they can to keep any payments as low as possible.
That's why you need an experienced truck accident attorney to protect your best interests. Our attorneys have handled many jackknife accidents and know the obstacles people face when pursuing a claim. We know where to look for evidence that proves negligence led to the accident that caused your injuries.
Learn more about how we can help you recover financial compensation. If you were injured in a jackknife accident in Ohio or western Pennsylvania, contact us for a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. Call us at (866) 439-2238 or contact us online.