Louisville Jackknife Accident Lawyer
Compassionate Legal Assistance for Injured Clients
Justice Law Office is committed to providing informative, diligent representation to injured clients. Jackknifing truck accidents can result in serious, life-altering medical consequences. It is important to gather evidence and file a claim to pursue compensation as soon as possible after an accident. Our firm has guided numerous clients to successful settlements, and we can help you too. Contact our Louisville truck accident attorney today for a free initial consultation.
Understanding Jackknifing Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), jackknifing accidents accounted for 163 deaths and about 1,000 injuries in 2014 alone. Jackknifing accidents occur when the trailer of a semi-truck swings out to the side while the cab continues to move forward. The result is that the cab and trailer are facing two different directions. Jackknifing accidents are very dangerous, not only for the truck driver but for other vehicles on the road. Since the trailer swings out perpendicular to the cab, it may crash into cars in other lanes.
Jackknifing accidents may be caused by:
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Slippery roads
- Equipment failure
- Improper braking
- Unsecured cargo
If a truck driver does not brake well before a turn, the truck may lose traction, causing a jackknifing accident. Drivers are responsible to practice safe driving techniques. These include braking gradually over a long distance, accelerating rather than braking during a turn, and driving within the speed limit. In addition, truck drivers should avoiding skidding when taking evasive action in an emergency. Instead, they should brake, then steer while the brakes are released, and then reapply the brakes when the truck is moving in a straight line. This will help avoid a jackknifing accident.
Contact Our Firm Today for Aggressive Representation
If you have been injured in a jackknifing accident, our Louisville truck accident attorneys can walk you through the process. Seeking compensation is important to ease the financial burden of medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses. Whether the truck driver acted recklessly or the trucking company failed to follow federal and state regulations, we can investigate the incident and build your case. From start to finish, our firm will provide efficient, reliable services as you pursue a beneficial financial settlement.
Call us today at (502) 822-2230 for dedicated legal assistance.